Red Wings waive defenceman Jonathan Ericsson

Thomas WilliamsHockey writer
The long-time Detroit blueliner might be playing for another organization soon. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The long-time Detroit blueliner might be playing for another organization soon. (Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

After 12 years as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, defenceman Jonathan Ericsson could find himself in another franchise’s system before the week is over.

Announced at noon on Tuesday, the rebuilding team has reportedly waived the veteran. In a resulting move, the Red Wings have recalled winger Evgeny Svechnikov.

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Ericsson has one year left on his six-year deal, holding a cap hit of $4.25-million per year. With a rather large cap hit attached to him, the defenceman is unlikely to get claimed by another NHL team before Wednesday’s deadline.

This likely means Ericsson will be reporting to the Wings’ AHL-affiliate, the Grand Rapid Griffins, unless an NHL team decides to acquire his services via a trade.

Through 662 games played, the 35-year-old defenceman has scored 27 goals and 125 points.

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