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NHL Trade Rumors: Should Detroit Red Wings Keep or Trade Jon

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:40 am    Post subject: NHL Trade Rumors: Should Detroit Red Wings Keep or Trade Jon Reply with quote

As the trade deadline looms on Feb. 27th,there have been a multitude of rumors and speculations on what Red Wings' GM Ken Holland has up his sleeve.</p><p>In the past off-season Holland re-negotiated Jonathan Ericssons contract, which gave the defenseman $1.25 million in 2010-11, to a whopping new three-year deal for $9.25 million or, if you prefer, $3.25 million a year.</p> <p>With Brian Rafalskis unexpected retirement at the end of last season, Holland was put in quite a pinch. He either needed to find another top four defenseman or have Ericsson move into that slot Ericsson, however, was an unrestricted free agent.</p> <p>Ericsson was signed to the new contract, with Holland stating that His best years are ahead of him. The contract also came with an expectation of a bigger role for Ericsson, whether that role be in the top four, on the power play or generally just playing at a higher level </p> <p>With the addition of top four defenseman Ian White, Ericsson remained the fifth defenseman but expectations remained high.</p> <p>Wings fans had been generally unimpressed with Ericsson at that point, making the big contract a hot-button issue. When all was said and done, however, the general consensus came to be a Lets see if he lives up to his contract mentality.</p> <p>My question now is; Has he? Has he lived up to the contract? Or could the same deal have been better served to a different defenseman?</p> <p>Ericsson is a 27-year-old 64 220 pound defenseman who was drafted with the last pick of the 2002 entry draft, 291<sup>st</sup> overall.</p> Would you trade or keep Jonathan Ericsson? Would you trade or keep Jonathan Ericsson? Keep 31.0% Trade 61.7% I don't know 7.3% <p>His size is definitely a big advantage to an incessantly small Detroit lineup. He is in fact Detroits largest regularly starting defenseman. His play in the 2008-09 playoffs showed great promise, as he had eight points and a plus-nine rating; however, the next season proved to be unsatisfactory.</p><p>The 2009-10 season resulted in a disappointing 13 points, a minus-15 rating and 44 penalty minutes. The 2010-11 season did not see a grand improvement for Ericsson, with a 15-point total, a minus-eight rating and a team-leading 87 minutes spent in the box.</p> <p>Only three-quarters into his first new contract season, Ericssons stats surmise to 9 points with a plus-14 rating and 45 penalty minutessecond on the team. His play, while improving, still lacks consistency, and the amount of mistakes and turnovers is still hard to ignore.</p> <p>Is better good enough, or is it too little too late?</p> <p> puts the Red Wings as having $24.6 million in cap space at the trade deadline, barring no moves beforehand. So they certainly do not need the cap space.</p> <p>There is, however, the ever-present threat that Nick Lidstrom might retire, which means the Wings are always in need of a quality defenseman. Trading for a more talented defenseman like UFA Ryan Suter, who is making nearly the same money a year as Ericsson, may prove beneficial.</p> <p>Keep or trade? I leave the question up to you in the poll.</p> <p>Tell me your thoughts in the comment box below.
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