Daily Archives: June 30, 2011

One more defenseman gone

The pickings are getting slim for teams looking for a defenseman on the free agent market.

The Buffalo Sabres signed Christian Ehrhoff to deal that’s believed to be for 10 years and $40 million according to tsn.ca.

The Canucks were unable to workout a deal with Ehrhoff and traded his negotiating rights to the New York Islanders, who then did the same with Buffalo.

All signs point to the Wings going after Canton-native James Wisniewski once free agency begins at noon on Friday.

However, the Columbus Post-Dispatch is reporting that Wisniewski deciding on an offer made by the Columbus Blue Jackets, who got his negotiating rights on Wednesday from Montreal.

Boston Bruin defenseman and former Toronto Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle is looking better and better by the minute as is Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski if they don’t reach deals with their respective teams prior to free agency opening.

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Sounds like Ericsson is leaning towards staying

DETROIT — It looks like defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will remain with the Wings, but he has yet to sign anything.

“I am set to stay,” Ericsson told Swedish newspaper Norrkopings Tidningar. “It should happen within a week. From 1 July, although other clubs come into the picture. I’m not worried, it will work out.”

The Wings have reportedly offered Ericsson a multi-year deal with would pay him around $2 million a season. He earned $900,000 last season.

However, the main sticking point seems to be whether Ericsson will move right into the spot vacated by Brian Rafaslki.

“I had hoped to get his place, but they have said they are looking for a new (defenseman) there,” Ericsson told the newspaper. “I like it in Detroit. The contract proposals, we have talked about two or four years.”

Where he fits in the organization also seems to be the main sticking points in negotiations with unrestricted free agent forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.

An hour to go

DETROIT — Petr Svoboda, the agent for Jaromir Jagr, has pinpointed a time when his client may decide on where he’s going to sign for next season.

And the Wings seem to still be in the mix, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins and a third team.

“Nothing has been decided yet,” Svoboda said. “Nothing is going to happen before 6 p.m.”

Detroit, along with the Penguins, have each offered Jagr, 39, one-year deals.

Jagr can’t officially until the free agency period begins, which is noon on Friday.