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by George Malik on 11/19/13 at 08:53 PM ET
TSN's Bob McKenzie made one observation about Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser, who will probably miss a little while with a shoulder injury...
And then he dropped a contractual bomb about 29-year-old defenseman Jonathan Ericsson:
And here's a story?
Not a good story.
Update #1: MLive's Ansar Khan weighs in:
Ericsson, 29, is in the final year of a deal that pays him $3.2 million per season. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Getting the 6-foot-4, 221-pound defenseman locked up to a long-term deal was one of the Red Wings’ priorities this season. Ericsson has steadily improved over the last few seasons to become a shutdown defender. He has been on the team’s top pairing with Niklas Kronwall since the start of last season.
Ericsson had one goal, three assists and a plus-3 rating in 11 games before Tuesday’s contest against Nashville. He missed 10 games recently with a shoulder injury.
Update #2: Khan spoke with Ericsson about the extension-to-be:
“They’ve been talking back and forth, seems like we’re coming really close,’’ Ericsson told M-Live.com
He said he never considered exploring free agency in July.
“Last time (2011), I really wanted to stay, but everything was really up in the air, staying on the team and what defensemen we had and the opportunities that were going to be given,’’ Ericsson said. “I feel like I’ve found a good role they want me to play that I really feel comfortable in and really like. I’m so happy to be here. This is the team I want to play for, no other team.’’
Asked if he’ll sign for four or five years, Ericsson said, “We’ll see. It’s more than three.’’
The deal is expected to be worth slightly more than $4 million per season.
Update #3: Fox Sports Detroit's Dana Wakiji also confirmed the news:
"Could be (Wednesday), yeah," Ericsson said. "It would be great to get that done. They’ve been talking back and forth, seems like we’re coming really close. That feels good."
Ericsson, 29, is part of the Wings' top defense pair with Niklas Kronwall and was set to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
"I feel like I’ve found a good role they want me to play in that I really feel comfortable in and really like," Ericsson said. "I’m so happy to be here. This is the team I want to play for, no other team. If we can get things done now that would be awesome. I couldn’t be happier if it gets done."
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