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Red Wings reach deals with Ericsson, Eaves, Miller @NHL

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and wings Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.

The team confirmed the three-year deals with Ericsson and Eaves on Friday. Miller told The Associated Press he reached a two-year agreement just before a noon deadline when he would have become a free agent.

"I wanted to stay, but it had to work out and make sense for both sides," the 27-year-old Miller said. "I'm happy to be back and with a two-year contract, I'm hopeful that I can grow my role as a player with the organization."

Miller had 10 goals and eight assists in 67 games last season.

Ericsson has played four seasons in the NHL, all with Detroit. He set career highs in 2010-11 in games (74), points (15) and penalty minutes (87).

"Jonathan Ericsson has made significant strides with us over the last three years," general manager Ken Holland said. "We believe in his abilities, we like the physical dimension that he brings to our team and we look for his continued progression as a player over the next few seasons as he enters into the prime of his career."

The 27-year-old Eaves is coming off a season in which he had 13 goals and seven assists in 63 games for the Red Wings.

Detroit lost in the second round of the playoffs to San Jose, but got good news recently when Nicklas Lidstrom decided to return.


AP Sports Writer Larry Lage contributed to this report.

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