Could we have been the last of Jonathan Ericsson in the Winged Wheel? (Image via Kat Flemming)

You want him? Take him.

With only four teams left in the NHL playoffs the other 26 fan bases are left debating the future of their beloved franchise.

It is no different here in Detroit.

You would think the talks of long time Red Wings Chris Osgood and Kris Draper debating retirement; and Mike Modano thinking of returning to Dallas after a freak injury cut his time in Hockeytown short would dominate the discussions around the league about Detroit.

They don’t.

Even the debate of the possible retirement of Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom is not one of the more talked about topics (maybe if we just ignore that possibility it wont happen right?).

There are two fan bases that have started pushing for another Red Wing – a younger Red Wing. A player that Detroit fans have taken to calling “Shitbox” – that’s right – Jonathan Ericsson.

Not that Twitter is the gospel for what is to come; but it is good for seeing what many fans are thinking.

In the past week I have seen fans for both the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals weigh in on Ericsson.

Both teams are having some lapses on the backend but sorry guys if Ericsson is your answer you have a lot of problems. Not to say that Big E doesn’t have the potential to be a good solid defenseman; but with issues already with Michael Del Zotto and Mike Green on their respective bluelines adding Ericsson just makes me think of the Toronto Maple Leafs and their love for former Red Wing Brett Lebda.

Brett Lebda's play this past season for the Maple Leafs has left many puzzled (via Tumblr)

Remember when that contract was announced? Brian Burke made some refernce to Lebda being a solid player? Yeah? You really think so Burke? I asked then and I ask again now: “If Lebda is such a great player why did you not put him on the USA Olympic team? Or even invite him to the camp for that matter?”

Because Lebda is Lebda.

Now Toronto you can’t say Detroit didn’t try to warn you:

Red Wings fans react to news of Lebda signing with Maple Leafs on Twitter.

So who is taking Ericsson? Rangers? Capitals? Leafs? Keep in mind Ericsson turned down a $2 million a year multi year deal to stay with Detroit.

Didn’t Andreas Lilja try to hold out for more money last season? How did that work out?

Former Red Wing Andreas Lilja held out for a lager contract last season and saw himself "deported" before taking less money to play with the Ducks (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Oh yeah.

Tags: Brett Lebda Chris Osgood Detroit Red Wings Jonathan Ericsson Kris Draper Mike Modano New York Rangers Nicklas Lidstrom Off Season Moves Retirement Shitbox Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals

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