Update (10:04 PM): The best part: Jonny’s cap hit will be higher than Nik Kronwall’s $3 million. Nik’ll make just $500,000 more this year than Ericsson. Fortunately for his self-esteem, he’s due for a big raise next summer. – Matt
Update (9:56 PM): Chuck Pleiness confirms Ericsson and the Wings have reached an agreement. And he confirms the numbers. Awesome. – Matt
This is what a weak defenseman free agency market gets you: Jonathan Ericsson for $9.75 million over 3 years (reportedly). That’s a $3.25 million cap hit for a guy that was a nightmare seemingly 9 out of 10 times he was on the ice. For comparison’s sake, Kevin Bieksa made $3.5 million last year. If by the end of three years, Ericsson is worth the kind of money Vancouver just awarded Bieksa, I’ll eat my hat.
Also not encouraging: the big hangup for Jonny was reportedly over role. I guess playing with Rafalski wasn’t enough for the Box. So be prepared for more Big E, I guess? Maybe with Nick babysitting?
If Norris can make it 8 playing alongside Jonny, I don’t ever want to hear another word about Bobby Orr.
Oh, and meanwhile, Ehrhoff is off the market. Priorities.