Now before you guys jump on me for wanting to trade the newly-signed Ericsson, recognize that this guy could now be the NHL's highest-paid fifth defenseman.
Ericsson, a former ninth-round 291st overall pick, seemed to be another "diamond in the rough" for Detroit. But unfortunately for Detroit, not everyone they select in the sixth round or later (Datsyuk and Zetterberg) are going to become superstars.
While Ericsson certainly isn't a superstar, he might not even make a top-four pairing on the team.
Nick Lidstrom, Brad Stuart, Nick Kronwall, and now Ian White are all be better than Ericsson.
The $3.25 million per season that Ericsson will make over the next three seasons seems like a bit of a waste when I look at Red Wings' top defensive prospect, Brendan Smith.
Red Wings Director of Amateur Scouting, Joe McDonnell, said that Smith is "ready to play now" in regards to Smith's ability to play in the NHL.
Smith is a first-round draft pick. He put up 32 points last year in 63 AHL games with Grand Rapids.
Although Smith is still on the smaller side for a defenseman (weighing only 170 pounds per NHL.com) Ericsson's days in Detroit are limited, and could be on the trading block if he doesn't start living up to that new contract that he signed.
For the Wings to keep Ericsson around in the long run, I say he has to average 25 points, and have a plus-10 each season.
The only problem with this trade idea is that Ericsson has a modified no-trade clause.
I've never second guessed GM Ken Holland, but offering an under-performing defenseman a fat contract with a modified no-trade clause is a brutal idea in my opinion.