Ericsson won't be re-signed by the Red Wings, the team announced Sunday. Considering Ericsson split time between the NHL and AHL last season while costing the team $4.25 million against the cap, it shouldn't come as a surprise the organization is going to move in a different direction. At 36 years of age, this could be the end of the line for Ericsson. If that's the case, he'll retire having played in 680 games, all for the Wings, in which he notched 27 goals, 98 helpers and 694 shots.
Ericsson hasn't recorded a point through 18 games this season. Between getting waived, his subsequent trip to AHL Grand Rapids, and a facial injury that cost him a trip to injured reserve, Ericsson hasn't seen much time at the top level. The Swedish blueliner is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and with the league understandably at a standstill given the current events, it's quite possible Ericsson has already played his last game for Detroit.
Ericsson will play in Sunday's game versus the Flames, NHL.com reports. The Red Wings are holding Mike Green out with the trade deadline approaching, so Ericsson will get back into the lineup for the first time since Feb. 1. The 35-year-old Ericsson hasn't notched a point over 11 NHL games this year.
Detroit placed Ericsson on waivers Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. The 35-year-old has played sparingly in 2019-20, going pointless across 11 appearances with the Red Wings. If he goes unclaimed, Ericsson will report to AHL Grand Rapids.
Ericsson (face) was activated from injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. Ericsson has missed the last 11 games due to this injury, but he's been a healthy scratch often this year anyway. Although the veteran blueliner is healthy again, it wouldn't be surprising if he stays in the press box Tuesday versus the Islanders.
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