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Jonathan Ericsson tells Swedish press that he’s likely to remain a Red Wing

Update: According to Christopher Botta, James Wisniewski is all but guaranteed to sign with Columbus: Just as NHL on XM Radio producer Josh Rimer suggests that Patrick Eaves will test the free agent waters on July 1st (per RedWingsFeed), I was looking for Swedish news to compliment Ken Holland’s interview with Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom about Dick Axelsson, and Norrkoping’s Tidingar’s Ulf Strahle and Christer Andersson provide Red Wings-related news in a big way, all but confirming that Jonathan Ericsson will remain with the Wings. Here’s a rough translation of their article:

“Jonte” can stay in Detroit—offered twice his [previous] salary

Hockey, Norrkoping

Jonathan Ericsson is waiting for a signal from Detroit.

“I’m set to stay,” he says of his contract negotiations.

His agent has met with Red Wings GM Ken Holland regarding a contract extension with the defenseman from Norrkiping.

“It should happen within a week. From July 1st onward, other clubs could come into the picture. I’m not worried; it will work out,” said “Jonte” after the midsummer weekend at his home in skärgården.

According to the Detroit News, the new contract to 27-year-old Jonathan would double his salary in Detroit, from $900,000 per year to $1.8 million. In this case, it’s 11.6 million Swedish kronor.

For the upcoming season, the Red Wings plan on furnishing their team with a replacement for defenseman Brian Rafalski.

“I had hoped to earn his spot, but they’ve said they’re looking for a new defenseman,” said “Jonte.”

This past season he played in 74 games, scored 3 goals, had 12 assists and 87 penalty minutes.


“I like it in Detroit and would happily remain [there]. The contract proposals we’ve talked about are from two to four years. We’ll see how it goes,” says “Jonte,” waiting for a phone call from the U.S.

He’s looking forward to play in the Himmelstund Arena again. On Thursday, August 11, Peter Forsberg’s Icebreakers come to Norrkoping.

“I think that my brother Jimmie will be able to play as well. He’ll be available then,” says “Jonte” about the chance to play with his Vita Hasten teammate again.

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w2j2's avatar

Good news.

Posted by w2j2 on 06/30/11 at 12:40 PM ET

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I can live with 1.8 for sure. It will suck if we lose Eaves, however.

Posted by godblender on 06/30/11 at 12:41 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

If this comes to be (1.8mill) true then I’m actually pretty happy about the resigning despite Ericsson sucking the past year or so.  He still has potential.  This closest to a deserved amount a player received I’ve seen in a while.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:44 PM ET

SK77's avatar

If Tick Tock convinces Ericsson to sign for 1.8 million he’s a frickin’ magician.

Posted by SK77 on 06/30/11 at 12:46 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

I don’t know what eaves and miller are thinking, but good luck to them they played hard.  I’m sorry but miller was picked off waivers, I don’t know where your gonna go to play more.  Eaves resurrected his short career here so the same goes for him.  Players lose their head but this could also be the fact there will be limited forward roster spots for wings this year will mursak and emmerton coming onboard

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:47 PM ET

SnLO's avatar

Good price (for four years would be fantastic), but forgive me if I remain skeptical until he actually signs.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/30/11 at 12:48 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

who is tick tock and why do you call him that?

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:48 PM ET

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http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/a2y/glossary/

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/30/11 at 12:50 PM ET

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who is tick tock and why do you call him that?

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 11:48 AM ET

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/a2y/glossary/

#32

Posted by dumbasrocks on 06/30/11 at 12:51 PM ET

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Eaves could probably slot-in as a second line winger and on the second PP unit—with appropriate pay—with a few teams out there.

Miller could probably find a team out there that’d guarantee him third or fourth line duty without the constant threat of rotating in and out of the lineup.

So, yeah, probably thinking something along those lines.

Posted by SK77 on 06/30/11 at 12:52 PM ET

snafu's avatar

George,

Why are you taking that as a confirmation?  Sounds like E says he wants to stay, but the line from the agent is the same:

Jonathan Ericsson is waiting for a signal from Detroit.

“I’m set to stay,” he says of his contract negotiations.

Agent says it should happen soon.  How is that different from what’s been reported all week?

Posted by snafu from North America on 06/30/11 at 12:53 PM ET

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Damnit… drop Ericsson and get AWAY from him… he’s getting dumber with the puck the more he touches it.

Argh…

And then that about Wish?  What a crappy day…

Posted by kc from livonia, mi on 06/30/11 at 12:59 PM ET

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Ericsson’s spent the last two or three articles saying that he’s going to remain a Wing unless something bizarre happens. He’s relatively certain that it’s going to happen, and St. James already reported that the deal’s going to get done.

As for Eaves, I’m waiting to hear something from the Wings’ press. He and Miller can earn much more in terms of both salaries and promises of ice time elsewhere, but the Wings adore Eaves in particular and I would imagine that they’re going to press pretty hard to sign him.

It’s also worth noting that while Wisniewski’s all but assured to sign with Columbus, Cam Barker’s going to be bought out and Ronald McDonald, I mean Mike Commodore, might join the market as well.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:59 PM ET

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I’d be OK if the Wings went as high as $2 million for Ericsson.

I think Miller would re-sign in a heartbeat if he was guaranteed a spot on the 4th line.  He didn’t like sitting out last season and I don’t blame him. 

As for Eaves, well - look at what Koppy got for goodness sake.  Imagine what his agent is telling him he might get from another team.  I just hope he has the good sense to stay with the Wings, where he is much loved.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 06/30/11 at 01:00 PM ET

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...and Ronald McDonald, I mean Mike Commodore, might join the market as well.

How about pass? We’ve already got a whipping boy who’ll probably make $1.8 million the next few years, George. We don’t need another who doesn’t like Babblecock.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/30/11 at 01:09 PM ET

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No way Mike Commodore comes to play for Mike Babcock.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/30/11 at 01:14 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

George wasn’t suggesting the Wings consider Commodore.  The feelngs of The 19 for Commodore are best summed up in this picture which prompted the following award-winning caption:

“What are waiting for?  That thing isn’t going to suck itself.”

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/11 at 01:15 PM ET

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James Wisniewski is all but guaranteed to sign with Columbus

Have fun playing in the post season once every 3-5 years, kiddo.

Posted by godblender on 06/30/11 at 01:15 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Correction,  should read

“What are you waiting for?  That thing isn’t going to suck itself.”

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/11 at 01:20 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Good ol’ Malts…

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/30/11 at 01:22 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

No way in hell Commodore comes to the Wings.  He hates Babcock and blames him for “ruining his career.”

Eaves could probably slot-in as a second line winger and on the second PP unit—with appropriate pay—with a few teams out there.  What are those teams, because I can’t think of one.

Thanks for the answer to “Tick Tock.”  LOL I read the rest and it was hilarious.  I don’t know the writer but whoever they were that was some of most truthful journalism I’ve read on hockey or the wings ever.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 01:28 PM ET

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So would he be “doubling” his salary or actually doubling it?

His cap hit was $900K but his salary last year was $1.25M, so if he’s actually doubling his salary that would be closer to $2.5M wouldn’t it?

I mean, reports before were that the Wings offered him $2M and he turned it down, so why would he accept $1.8M?

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 01:35 PM ET

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What are those teams, because I can’t think of one.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:28 PM ET

If Kopecky can get 2nd line money in Floriduh, there’s no reason Eaves couldn’t do the same. How about the Islanders? Oilers? 1st line in Toronto? Just throwing names out there at this point, don’t hold me to it, but Eaves is actually a pretty solid player in my opinion and can definitely pot some goals AND play a good two-way game at the same time.

Posted by SK77 on 06/30/11 at 01:44 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

So would he be “doubling” his salary or actually doubling it?

His cap hit was $900K but his salary last year was $1.25M, so if he’s actually doubling his salary that would be closer to $2.5M wouldn’t it?

I mean, reports before were that the Wings offered him $2M and he turned it down, so why would he accept $1.8M?

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 12:35 PM ET

It’s possible that the $2M offer he turned down was one-year and now he’s taking a longer deal for slightly less pay and slightly more job security.

Still, I think you’re right in the idea that “double his money” equals closer to $2.5M

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/30/11 at 01:58 PM ET

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I don’t in anyway think eaves is not a capable player, but I think he maxes out at 3rd line on anytime.  The Kopecky thing with Florida is simply to spend to the floor and because Tallon is Chicago junkie (I think it has to do with Bowman Sr. really liking Kopecky to begin with).  Edmonton has its top roster spots for its youngins, Toronto is looking for top flight talent, and Eaves hit 20 goals once when he was a rookie.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 02:43 PM ET

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I mean, reports before were that the Wings offered him $2M and he turned it down, so why would he accept $1.8M?

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 12:35 PM ET

Because the reports were likely wrong, and the sooner readers understand that about what they read this time of year the better off they’d be and the better the discussions would be on this board.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/11 at 02:50 PM ET

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It’s all speculation still.  If E was happy with the salary and role, the deal would have been signed by now. 

Wiz is looking at CBJ, but why would he sign before UFA season?  He knows the market is thin.  I think the talk about him is speculative too at this point.

Posted by snafu from North America on 06/30/11 at 02:54 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

I don’t know the writer but whoever they were that was some of most truthful journalism I’ve read on hockey or the wings ever.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 06/30/11 at 12:28 PM ET

Meet Bill Houlihan, aka IWOCPO, or Chief, founder of the blog Abel to Yzerman where many of us came together.  Bill is a Master Chief Petty Officer and has been on the USS Carl Vinson for much of this past year, recently returning to home port San Diego.

Bill is a Saginaw native and unabashed Red Wings fan and of most things Michigan.
Watch him here.

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2011/06/21/sailor-aboard-the-uss-vinson-carrier-that-buried-bin-laden-speaks-out/

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/11 at 02:55 PM ET

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Because the reports were likely wrong

Because you know what’s up.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 03:05 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Because you know what’s up.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 02:05 PM ET

No, and none of us do.  You answered your own question about the accuracy of reports if you just follow your own logic.

Posted by RWBill from Brush Street cruising with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/30/11 at 03:08 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

At this point, I’m tuning out all things hockey until 9 AM Pacific tomorrow and locking my interwebs on porn. Seems easier that way.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 06/30/11 at 03:18 PM ET

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RWBill - thanks for posting the link to the Fox interview. Interesting to now be able to put a face to The Chief.

Posted by mc keeper on 06/30/11 at 03:24 PM ET

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Interesting to now be able to put a face to The Chief.
Posted by mc keeper on 06/30/11 at 02:24 PM ET

H2H1 we all had Chief’s face on a stick.  LOL

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/30/11 at 05:31 PM ET

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E52, I’ll believe it when I see it.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis on 06/30/11 at 06:06 PM ET

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You answered your own question about the accuracy of reports if you just follow your own logic.

I actually didn’t direct any questions to you and I didn’t claim anything was accurate.  In fact, I was questioning the accuracy of the reports myself.

Posted by Garth on 06/30/11 at 06:18 PM ET

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I watched the Fox News thing, and I was a little taken back. Mainly by the lack of the term ‘bitch.’

I always imagined him to be more of a vaguely Hunter S. Thompson type, a drunken mad man.

Instead he seemed pretty gentlemanly and respectable. I imagine he sobered up long enough to con Fox and keep his job?

(No disrespect was intended by any of this. Thanks for taking Americas garbage out, and for the great Red Wings posts. All are appreciated.)

Posted by LGRWeh on 06/30/11 at 06:23 PM ET

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