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D Ericsson, Red Wings reach deal on extension

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The Detroit Red Wings finalized a six-year contract extension with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on Wednesday.

The Detroit Free-Press reported that the contract is worth $25.5 million, with a $4.25 million salary cap hit each season.

This season, an upper-body injury has limtied Ericcson to 15 games, but he is averaging a career-high 22:16 of ice time. He has one goal and four assists.

Ericsson, 29, was in the final season of a three-year, $9.75 million contract signed in 2011. He has spent his entire seven-year career with the Red Wings after he was selected in the ninth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Ericsson has seen his minutes go up the past two years after the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom. In 2013, Ericsson had three goals and 13 points while averaging more than 21 minutes in 45 regular-season games.
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