Ericsson will miss the rest of the season as he's scheduled to undergo wrist surgery next week, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports. While he's far from flashy and not an offensive threat, Ericsson's injury serves up yet another blow to a Red Wings team that had already experienced a whopping 222 man games lost heading into Thursday night's action with the Capitals. Ericsson has three years remaining on his $25.5 million contract before he'll become an unrestricted free agent, so the cap relief will certainly be welcomed as he'll be on IR for the rest of this campaign.
Ericsson (wrist) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. The veteran stay-at-home blueliner is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with his ailment, so the team had an easy decision to shelve him on IR. Hindsight is 20-20, but now Red Wings GM Ken Holland likely wishes he could reverse the waiving of young rearguard Alexey Marchenko, who was scooped up by the Maple Leafs last week.
Ericsson (wrist) left Thursday's game in Washington, and will miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. The blueliner took a hard hit from Nicklas Backstrom in the first period and left shortly after. With nine points in 50 games, he has been limited offensively this year, but with 63 PIM and 86 hits, he has some fringe value in certain leagues when healthy.
Ericsson left Thursday night's game in Washington with an upper-body injury and will not return. Ericsson presumably sustained the injury after taking a hard hit into the boards from Nicklas Backstrom behind the Red Wings' net. He did not record any stats in 6:21 of ice time before leaving the game for the night.
Ericsson has eight points in 41 games this year, and is on pace for a new career high in PIM and hits. The big stay-at-home rearguard has amassed 57 PIM and 74 hits thus far, putting him on pace for 100-plus PIM and nearly 150 hits -- both of which would surpass his previous career bests of 87 and 128. Of course, his lack of offensive production keeps him off the fantasy radar in most settings, but his peripheral stats could be of use in the very deepest leagues.
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