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Red Wings' Ericsson still bothered by injured finger

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson said Wednesday he will participate in training camp at less than 100 percent because his surgically repaired finger is not quite healed.

Jonathan Ericsson
Defense - DET
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 11
SOG: 66 | +/-: 2
"It still doesn't feel 100 percent but I guess these kinds of accidents, or whatever you call it, may take some time," Ericsson told the Red Wings website. "It's been a frustrating summer with the training and all of that because it's hard to hold onto a bar with the weights on. … It was a little frustrating for sure, but I should be fine."

Ericsson missed the final 14 games of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs after his finger was broken blocking a shot against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18. Surgery included four pins to stabilize multiple fractures and repair of a torn tendon.

"My finger was crushed, so it was a lot of pieces that they had to try to puzzle together and I guess some pieces they left out because they were so small," the 30-year-old said. "There were some gaps between some of the bones and it took some time for the bones to heal in those places."

Ericsson said range of motion is the problem, which he expects to continue into the season that starts Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins.

"The pain level is not an issue," Ericsson said. "I'm not going to be 100 percent but I'm going to be there when [the season] starts."

Ericsson also was sidelined last season with a separated shoulder and two broken ribs. He had one goal and 10 assists in 48 games.

The Red Wings have gotten positive injury news on forwards Pavel Datsyuk, Stephen Weiss and Henrik Zetterberg with players taking part in informal skates this week.

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