DETROIT – Just days after Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland traded for defenseman Kyle Quincey to add to his depth on the blue line, his reasoning became a reality.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who'd been paired with Quincey since his arrival on Thursday, fractured his left wrist less than a minute into the second period of a 4-3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena and will miss at least the next four weeks.
"He's going to be out a month," coach Mike Babcock said. "Bit of a chipped fracture in his wrist, so he'll be about a month."
Ericsson was on the ice to start the second period as part of a penalty-killing unit trying to thwart the remaining 33 seconds of a Colorado power play that began at the end of the first. After taking a spill in the left circle of the defensive zone off the opening faceoff, he started playing one-handed for the rest of his shift.
He finished the shift, the Wings killed off the penalty and he left the ice without returning. Detroit will now likely use Quincey as its every-game fifth defenseman and go back to picking his partner -- either rookie Jakub Kindl or veteran Mike Commodore -- on a game-to-game basis until Ericsson returns.
Ericsson has one goal and nine assists, but is plus-18 and his 6-foot-4, 221-pound frame will be missed in front of the net defensively.
"It gave me a chance to play with everybody, that’s for sure," said Quincey, who played with different partners throughout the third period with only five active defensemen left. "Big E is a big loss for us. Hopefully it’s not too serious and we can get him back soon."