Detroit’s Ericsson to have season-ending wrist surgery

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Jonathan Ericsson‘s season is over. The Red Wings defenseman will have surgery next week to fix his fractured wrist. The recovery time will be 12 weeks, GM Ken Holland told MLive’s Brendan Savage.

Ericsson suffered the injury last night when he was hit into the boards by Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.

The Wings and Capitals were tied 1-1 when Ericsson went down near the end of the first period. With Backstrom in the penalty box for boarding, Detroit scored on the power play, but ended up losing, 6-3.

Ericsson, obviously, did not return to the game.

“You’re missing Jonathan Ericsson,” head coach Jeff Blashill said afterwards, per the Detroit Free Press. “People don’t have enough respect for what 6-foot-5, and good skating, or 6-foot-6, whatever he is, and good skating can do for you. When you are playing against big, physical men, you need guys that can go against them and handle them as he can.”

A shutdown defenseman, Ericsson will finish his year with one goal and eight assists in 51 games. The 32-year-old is signed for three more seasons at a cap hit of $4.25 million.