Thursday September 11th, 2014

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be ready for the start of the season despite still experiencing problems with his surgically repaired finger, Ericsson told the team's official website.

Ericsson broke several bones and sustained a partially torn tendon in his left middle finger when it was hit by a puck in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 18. He had surgery on the finger that month and was forced to miss the final 14 games of the regular season and the playoffs.

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The defenseman said he's still experiencing discomfort with the finger, particularly with his range of motion.

"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.”

Ericsson had a plus-minus of plus-2 last season. He signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension last November.

The Red Wings open training camp Sept. 19. Their first game is Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins.

Ben Estes



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