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Out With The Old

What to make of the Red Wings’ decision to waive Jonathan Ericsson | The Athletic ($)

Put simply, it’s not the kind of name you typically expect to see on waivers. Particularly because Detroit wasn’t hurting for the $1.075 million in cap relief that can be gained via a “buried” contract, per CapFriendly.

Could be a sign of things to come from GM Steve Yzerman? It doesn’t matter your name, age, or tenure with Detroit... there’s no room for you on the roster if you can’t play at the NHL level anymore.

Jonathan Ericsson joins Griffins ‘just glad I could play’ hockey again | MLive

“I want to come here and be a good pro and I want to play good, I want to get called up again, obviously,” he said. “But the first thing that comes to my mind after this game just is it’s a lot of fun to play hockey so I was just glad I could play a game. It was a while ago.”

Ericsson, a game-time decision after arriving in Grand Rapids about 4 p.m., was one of five defensemen in the lineup. He was mostly paired with Dylan McIlrath and Moritz Seider and saw time on the penalty kill. He finished plus-one with one shot in about 16 minutes.

Well, Ericsson seems to have a positive attitude.

In With The New

In The System: Evaluating the Senators’ and Red Wings’ prospects | Sportsnet

More Senators talk than Red Wings (no shock since it’s a Canadian network), but the lots of love for Evgeny Svechnikov in this one.

Around the League

31 Thoughts: Pressure mounting on the Toronto Maple Leafs | Sportsnet

7. Detroit tried to move Jonathan Ericsson before waiving him on Tuesday. If this is the end of his NHL career — and life has a funny way of making things turn out like no one expects — respect to a last-overall draft choice who played 662 games. That is beating the odds.

Not surprising that no one wanted to take Ericsson off our hands.