Wednesday: Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that Ericsson has cleared waivers. He can now be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Tuesday: The Detroit Red Wings have placed Jonathan Ericsson on waivers today according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. This is the second time the veteran defenseman finds himself waived, after clearing in late October and suiting up in the minor leagues for the first time in over a decade.
That’s where he’s headed again should he clear this time, which is very likely for Ericsson at this point in his career. The 35-year old was once a pillar of the Red Wings’ stifling puck-possession defense, but has regressed considerably with age and injury. Ericsson has played just 11 games in the NHL this season and has yet to register a point, but still carries a $4.25MM cap hit.
That six-year contract, signed back in 2013, expires at the end of this season leaving Ericsson an unrestricted free agent. That may mean it is the end of his time in the NHL altogether, unless he tries a comeback on a much more inexpensive deal. The very last pick (291st overall) in the 2009 draft, Ericsson has carved out a long career in Detroit, playing 673 regular season games. That total actually puts him sixth among all defensemen from his draft class—not bad for a ninth-round pick.