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Report: Wings sign Eaves, Ericsson

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 11:10 AM / News

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Report: Wings sign Eaves, Ericsson
The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly agreed to terms with pending unrestricted free agents Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves.

According to TSN, Ericsson, a reliable defenseman who eats valuable minutes along the blue line, signed a three-year contract worth $9.75 million on Thursday night.

The Sporting News reported Friday morning that Eaves, a useful role player along right wing for coach Mike Babcock, inked a three-year, $3.6 million deal on Friday morning. Eaves had 13 goals and 20 points in 63 regular-season games in 2010-11.

Eaves, who signed a free-agent contract with the Wings in August 2009, has played in 370 career games spanning seven seasons, including stints with the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes. He's produced 70 goals and 132 points with a plus-11 rating.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Ericsson, drafted by the Wings in the ninth round (No. 291) in 2002, had 3 goals and 15 points in 74 regular-season games last season. He chipped in with a goal and 2 assists in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.In 163 career regular-season games spanning three-plus seasons, Ericsson has 9 goals and 33 points.

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