Red Wings Reportedly Waive D Jonathan Ericsson

His time with the franchise appears to be over.

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October 22, 2019 - 12:47 pm

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Steve Yzerman has made his first major move in reshaping the Red Wings roster. 

Detroit waived veteran defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on Tuesday, according to Elliotte Friedman

Ericsson, 35, has spent the duration of his 12-year career with the Wings, but hasn't played this season due to an upper body injury. Now it appears his time with the franchise is over. 

Former general manager Ken Holland signed Ericsson to a six-year, $25.5 million extension in 2013, when he was still playing top-four minutes on defense. His game has deteriorated since then. 

Ericsson has dealt with various injuries throughout his career. He's played at least 80 games just twice in nine full seasons, and has missed a combined 70 games over the past four seasons. 

The Red Wings are getting younger on the blue line, with Filip Hronek and Dennis Cholowski stepping into bigger roles this season. And 2019 first-round pick Moritz Seider is on his way. 

Ericsson was the last holdover on defense from the team's successful past, as Niklas Kronwall retired this summer.

Ericsson, who averaged a career-low 17:13 last season, had a cap hit of $4.25 million this season. It was looking more and more like dead money, and now Yzerman and the Wings are moving on.