The Detroit Red Wings have signed Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year extension that will keep him in Detroit until he is 36 years-old.
BREAKING: The #RedWings have signed Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year extension.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) November 27, 2013
Jonathan Ericsson was the last pick in the 2002 NHL draft, but he like to say that he was the second to last pick because Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted after him.
Ericsson might not have even been drafted if the team he was playing for in Sweden had not been low on defensemen and Ericsson had not been asked to move back and use his 6’5″ frame to block shots and hassle the oppositions forwards, but he was and a future Red Wing was born.
The Red Wings were not sure what they had in Ericsson, but they knew he had size and the skill of a forward so they took a chance on the Swede.
In his first few season he struggled, while he was getting used to the game and destroyed everyone’s lofty expectations that were bought on by is inspired playoff performance.
In 356 NHL games, Jonathan Ericsson has produced 78 points, 287 PIMS, and is a +25 player.
Ericsson deal has a cap hit of 4.25 million.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) November 27, 2013
This is a big deal for the Red Wings because it takes their number two defenseman off the free agent market next season and the cap hit for Ericsson is more than reasonable for the big defenseman.
Ericsson was due for a raise and Bob McKenzie believed it would be in the $4 million range, which is exactly where it ended up and as the salary cap rises his cap hit percentage will slowly fall as he gets older. That means that even if his play begins to tail off before his deal is over, his contract will still be decent.
Whether you like it or not Jonathan Ericsson is here to stay and will be in Detroit until he exits his prime.