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Sipple: Red Wings lose Jonathan Ericsson for 3-5 weeks with broken ribs

Updated 7x at 5:24 PM: Awful news regarding Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson from the Free Press's George Sipple:

You don't screw around with broken ribs.

Update: Sipple had an article ready to go, and his article offers quotes from Wings GM Ken Holland:

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered a couple of fractured ribs in a 3-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday night.

General Manager Ken Holland said Jakub Kindl will return to the lineup with Ericsson out.

"Sounds like he's going to be out awhile," Holland said of Ericsson. "I guess I would say 3-5 weeks if I had to guess."

Again, via We All Bleed Red, Ericsson injured himself during a set of checks during the course of a pair of hits in the 2nd period of last night's game:

This is very true:

At this point, I just want to see Ericsson get healthy. And I do think that the Wings will call up a seventh defenseman for their road trip to Florida and Nashville on the 28th and 30th, with Xavier Ouellet or the no-longer-waiver-exempt-next-year Adam Almquist as the top candidates for recalls.

Update #2: Two broken ribs:

Update #3: MLive's Ansar Khan weighs in:

It was been a rough season for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who has suffered two significant injuries before even the midway point.

Ericsson suffered two broken ribs in Monday's 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena and will be out three-to-five weeks, general manager Ken Holland said.

Ericsson first appeared to get hurt during a collision with Josh Bailey in the first period. He then was shaken up while checking Matt Martin early in the second. At that point, Ericsson skated off the ice in obvious discomfort.

Ericsson missed 10 games earlier this season (Oct. 21 to Nov. 12) with a left shoulder subluxation.

It's a significant loss for the Red Wings because Ericsson is a shutdown defender and penalty killer, playing on the top pairing with Niklas Kronwall.

Update #4: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness tossed off a "more to come" entry...

Jonathan Ericsson suffered two fractured ribs in Monday’s 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

According to Wings general manager Ken Holland, Ericsson will be sidelined three to five weeks.

Ericsson will miss the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium and put him in jeopardy of missing the Olympics.

More to come…

Update #5: Via RedWingsFeed, Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji confirms:

On Christmas Eve, the Red Wings received an unwelcome present. Top-two defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will miss three to five weeks with fractured ribs, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press.

Holland said that Jakub Kindl would return to the lineup.

The time frame is unfortunate because it not only means Ericsson won't play in the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium Jan. 1, it might mean he won't be ready for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.


Danny DeKeyser, who just returned after missing a month with a separated shoulder, will likely play more with Niklas Kronwall, Ericsson's usual partner.

Update #6: Well, okay then:

Khan confirms and provides some injury updates...

Holland said they will not recall anybody from the Grand Rapids Griffins because they have six healthy defensemen. Jakub Kindl, a healthy scratch the past two games, will return to the lineup Saturday in Florida.

If the Red Wings were to suffer another injury on the blue line, Xavier Ouellet and Adam Almqvist have some NHL experience after being called up earlier this season.

Ericsson joins a long list of injured Red Wings, most of whom are expected to return over the next 2-3 games.

Forwards Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc), Darren Helm (sprained shoulder) and Justin Abdelkader (concussion) could be back for Saturday's game.

Forward Johan Franzen (concussion) hasn't started practicing with the team, so he won't return until Monday or later.

Goaltender Jimmy Howard (sprained MCL) is hoping to be back for Monday's game at Nashville.

Center Stephen Weiss is out until just after the Olympic break (Feb. 9-25) following surgery on Monday for a sports hernia.

Holland said he won't have an update on goalie Jonas Gustavsson (sore groin) until Friday, when players return to practice following the NHL's three-day Christmas break.

And Pleiness also confirms:

Holland said the Wings will not recall another defenseman from Grand Rapids, going with the six they already have on the roster.

That means Jakub Kindl, who’s been a healthy scratch the last two games, will return to the lineup Saturday in Florida.

Update #7: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan confirms Ericsson's status:

General manager Ken Holland said Ericsson will miss three to five weeks with two broken ribs suffered in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the New York Islanders.

Ericsson appeared to hurt himself on two different occasions in the game – on collisions with Islanders forwards Josh Bailey and Matt Martin.

This is the second time this season Ericsson will miss substantial playing time. Ericsson missed 10 games in late October / early November with a shoulder injury.

It’s a big blow for the Red Wings, as Ericsson forms the team’s top defensive tandem with Niklas Kronwall.

Ericsson has one goal and seven assists in 29 games with a plus-9 rating, tied for best on the team with Kronwall.

The Red Wings will not promote anyone from Grand Rapids at this time, as they have six healthy defenseman currently. Jakub Kindl has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

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SYF's avatar

As much as I like Jesus Lashoff, he’s suddenly become the #2 shutdown defenseman for the Wings because we all know Babcock is gonna put Q on the first pairing with Kronner.  I’d rather see 65DD paired with Kronner, but that ain’t gonna happen.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 12/24/13 at 02:38 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Oh, and “Get Well Soon, E52.”  Sure as hell need you in the lineup.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 12/24/13 at 02:38 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I was hoping it wasn’t this bad. Fuch.

Get better soon, Ericsson.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 02:42 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Well, at least Q will get the increased ice time he so richly deserves.


Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 12/24/13 at 02:45 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 12/24/13 at 01:45 PM ET

I have felt queasy since last night with this exact thought.

I still think Quincey should be on waivers. Kindl shouldn’t be in the press box.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 02:52 PM ET


I’ve been cursing Quincey’s name all season so far to friends, after these last two games I think they are finally starting to listen! He really does need to be scratched for a spell to get his head together. This injury to E52 is pretty bad timing, I hope Kindl can fill some of Johnny Boy’s big skates!!

Posted by BC two hander on 12/24/13 at 03:33 PM ET

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