Red Wings’ defenseman Jonathan Ericsson is seemingly done for the season, having suffered a fractured wrist in last night’s game against the Washington Capitals.
#RedWings‘ Jonathan Ericsson to have surgery next week, out 12 weeks, per Ken Holland. Ericsson’s season is over
— Brendan Savage (@BrendanSavage) February 10, 2017
Technically the Red Wings could make the playoffs and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals and Ericsson would have recovered in time to rejoin the team, but I don’t see that happening.
The positive in this is that it clears a roster spot and some cap space for the rest of the season. Jimmy Howard’s return will no longer be an issue and guys like Ryan Sproul and Xavier Ouellet should get more playing time.
Ericsson’s play has been criticized for years but he’s been somewhat better this year. Losing him will hurt the Wings’ defense but I’ve written off the season already so I don’t see that as a big deal. Additionally, his contract makes him virtually untradeable so it’s not like he’d have been dealt at the trade deadline for future assets.