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Monday, July 21, 2008

Ericsson and Howard sign 3-year deals

The Red Wings signed a pair of prospects, Jonathan Ericsson and Jimmy Howard to three-year contracts. Howard is third on the goalie depth chart and goes to training camp fighting Ty Conklin for the back-up role. Ericsson is the brightest star in the system and goes to camp fighting for one of eight defense spots.

Here's the team's press release...

Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President/General Manager Ken Holland today announced the team has re-signed defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and goaltender Jimmy Howard to three-year contract extensions. In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Ericsson, drafted by Detroit in the ninth round (291st) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, played in eight regular season games with Detroit, tallying one goal and averaging 15:58 in ice-time. Ericsson posted 10 goals and 24 assists in 69 games during his second season with Red Wings AHL affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Howard, Detroit’s first pick (64th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, posted a 2.18 GAA in four games with Detroit during the 2007-08 regular season. In his third season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Howard finished with a 2.83 GAA in 54 games. Howard was named the Rbk X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December 2007, after posting the best numbers of his career for a calendar month with a 1.72 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
Both Ericsson and Howard were named to the AHL All-Star team in January 2008 and traveled as ‘Black Aces’ with the Wings during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Blogger Simply Agrestic said...


Was Howard's deal one-way or two-way?

July 21, 2008 at 5:10 PM 
Blogger Vultair said...

Has anyone heard anything in regards to Chelli yet?

July 21, 2008 at 6:33 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

It is my understanding that Howard's deal is two-way the first season and one-way for the final two seasons. Ericsson's is a one-way contract for all three seasons.

July 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM 

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