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Ericsson says he's ready, despite finger

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Jonathan Ericsson is still bothered by the fractured middle finger on his left hand that ended his 2013-14 season early. But he vowed to be ready for the start of this season next month. (Photo by Getty Images)

DETROIT – Despite getting married this summer to his longtime girlfriend, Jonathan Ericsson didn’t have much to smile about.

The 30-year-old defenseman says he’s still bothered by the surgically-repaired bones in his left middle finger that sidelined him for the final 14 regular-season games, as well as the playoffs.

“It still doesn’t feel 100 percent but I guess these kinds of accidents – or whatever you call it – may take some time,” Ericsson said. “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.”

After settling problems with his visa, Ericsson returned to Detroit late Tuesday night and had plans to visit the doctor that performed the delicate surgery later today. He had surgery last March to stabilize multiple fractures with four pins, as well as to repair a partially torn tendon in the finger.

Ericsson said he’s not experiencing much pain though a deficiency in range of motion will likely be a problem that lingers beyond the Wings’ Oct. 9 season opener against Boston.

“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 it (the season) starts.”

Ericsson’s finger was shattered when he was struck in the hand by a puck in a game against Toronto on March 18.

“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,” he said. “There were some gaps between some of the bones and it took some time for the bones to heal in those places.”

Ericsson missed 34 games last season, including the last 14 with the broken finger. He also missed time with a separated shoulder and two broken ribs. Ericsson produced a goal and 11 points with a plus-2 rating in 48 games.

“It was really frustrating,” said Ericsson, about last season. “I hope I’ve had my share of injuries for a while now. But there are a few still hanging on and it’s a little bit frustrating coming back like this and not being healthy after having over three months of not playing hockey. I guess I’m getting old. That’s the facts.”

So how was his wedding day when he and the former Miss Evelina Hedman said their ‘I dos’?

“The wedding was a lot of fun. It was really warm,” Ericsson said. “(Niklas Kronwall) had it all sorted out for us. He was kind of in charge of everything.”

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