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Red Wings ‘haven’t really begun’ negotiating with RFA’s Nyquist, Andersson

Jul 13, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Contract talks between the Detroit Red Wings and a pair of restricted free agents – Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson – have been a little tedious to this point.

But, as Brendan Savage of reports, it would appear both are expected back with the Red Wings for next season.

“I haven’t really begun” negotiating, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told on Friday.

“I talked with Nyguist’s agent Monday or Tuesday. We haven’t talked since. I played telephone tag with Andersson’s agent.

“If somebody puts in an offer sheet, we’ll match.”

Andersson is coming off a three-year entry-level contract that paid him $637,500 at the NHL level, according to

Nyquist is coming off a two-year entry-level deal that paid him $837,500 at the NHL level this season, again, as per

The lockout-shortened season marked Nyquist’s second in the league and with the Wings. He had three goals and six points in 22 regular season games for Detroit, but had a stronger offensive impact in the playoffs.

In 14 games – both series the Wings were in went to seven games – he had two goals and five points.

Andersson, who got his first taste of the NHL in 2011-12, had three goals and eight points in 38 games during the 2013 regular season, but also put up decent numbers in the playoffs, considering he has yet to play a full year in the league.

He had one goal and five points in 14 post-season games.


  1. bensawesomeness - Jul 13, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    dude, Holland, get on this.

    Buy out Sammy or something and split the money between the 2, these are both good to have in the future ( i’d get rid of sammy and abby)

    • Scott - Jul 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Wait, you want to get rid of Abby, who’s 26, has the best combination of size and speed on the roster, led the team in hits, had double-digit goals in a short season, and has a cap hit of $1.8m? Seriously?

  2. tigers182 - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    These 2 are expected to be major players in the third decade of Red Wings dominance and you have even talked to them yet?!

  3. polegojim - Jul 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    RFA deals are not as urgent as FAs… they’ll get them done.

  4. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    We lose brunner and we don’t even talk to our other future in nyquist and Anderson? Smh

    • ryanprzy - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      You’re not thinking straight, snipe.

      We wisely chose not to overpay for Brunner, and now we’re just going through the regular motions to sign Nyquist and Andersson.

      We’re fine.

  5. zuke13 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    @ryanprzy I hope your right there’s a couple I hate to see slip through the cracks!

  6. zuke13 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Oops couple players

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