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Friday, July 1, 2011
Red Wings re-sign Jonathan Ericsson news services

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and wings Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller.

Ericsson and Eaves agreed to three-year deals, and Miller will receive a two-year contract. All three are 27 years old.

"I wanted to stay, but it had to work out and make sense for both sides," 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."

Ericsson, 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, had 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) and 87 penalty minutes in 74 games last season, all career highs. He had a goal and two assists in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ericsson was taken by the Red Wings in the ninth round of the 2002 draft, but has played in parts of just four seasons with them.

"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."

Eaves had 13 goals and seven assists in 63 games last season; Miller had 10 goals and eight assists in 67 games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.