Ericsson and Howard sign 3-year deals
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.