Jonathan Ericsson, who’s contract expires at the end of the season, has reached an agreement with the Detroit Red Wings on a six year extension that will keep him on the Wings roster until the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Ericsson has bloomed into a legitimate NHL defenseman, and is a huge piece on the ice for Mike Babcock. Ericsson solidified himself as a top line defenseman last season playing with Niklas Kronwall on Detroit’s top line. Ericsson’s game has been cleaned up since he entered the league in 2007-2008, and in the absence of Nicklas Lidstrom, Ericsson stepped up and answered the call.
Ericsson’s play was exceptional in the playoffs last season, and he has played well again this year, earning himself the large contract. Ericsson was out of the Wings line up for 10 games this season and watched the Wings lose seven of the ten games. Ericsson’s presence on the blue line was missed sorely by the Wings, proving that he’s a piece of the puzzle the Wings need in order to be successful.
Ericsson has skated in fifteen games this season and has one goal and four assists. Throughout his career Ericsson has played in 292 games, he’s scored 14 goals, and added 48 assists, with a plus/minus rating of +14.
The deal is worth $25.5 million and will cost the Red Wings $4.25 million in cap space a season. Ericsson will now look to help the Wings turn around their recent misfortunes and get their game back on track before they begin slipping even more in the standings.