Red Wings re-sign Howard, Ericsson
Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and goaltender Jimmy Howard to three-year contract extensions. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contracts were not disclosed.It's unlikely either Howard or Ericsson gets a lot of time in the NHL this season, and in any other organization, that would likely mean they'd wait for free agency and sign elsewhere.>> team release
Ericsson, in particular, would have received a lot of interest on the open market. According to Swedish sources, his deal will pay $550,000 the first year, $900,000 the second and $1.25-million in the final season, which could be an incredible bargain if he continues to progress.
It's a one-way contract, meaning he'll be paid whether he's in the AHL or not, and given Detroit's glut of defenders, it seems a trip to Grand Rapids is probably in the cards. You wonder if keeping Andreas Lilja and Chris Chelios (who still hasn't signed) on the roster is holding some of this team's kids back.
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