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Holland: Wings will sign Nyquist, Andersson by training camp

Jul 16, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT


The Detroit Red Wings currently have 23 players under contract for 2013-14 — the maximum allowable on their active roster.

Come September, that number could hit 25.

Wings GM Ken Holland has confirmed that his two RFA forwards, Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson, will sign new deals by the fall.

“They’ll be done by camp,” Holland told The Oakland Press.

Neither Nyquist nor Andersson filed for arbitration, which means the Wings can take their time in hammering out a new deal — and Holland definitely wants time on his side, as he has some decision to make in order for the club to be roster/CBA compliant.

Detroit already used one of its buyouts on defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo but, now that the window has closed, Holland’s focus shifts to moving some players via trade or waivers.

One player believed to be available via trade is Jordin Tootoo.

Tootoo,  30, has two years remaining on his deal (at $1.9 million per). He fell out of head coach Mike Babcock’s favor midway through last season — a frequent healthy scratch down the stretch — and only appeared in one of Detroit’s 14 playoff games this spring.

  1. worldseriestiger - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    signing Bertuzzi and Samulsson last offseason looks even worse now. Two marginal contributors when healthy are forcing Holland to unload Emmerton for nothing.

    • clefty1 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      One wonders what Holland was thinking with bringing Sammy and Bert back and I don’t understand Holland wanting Cleary in the fold as well, his better days are behind him.

    • polegojim - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Seriously WST…. you’re criticizing Ken Holland’s personnel decisions???

      Sorry my Detroit brother… but I choose Ken’s over anyone else in the league… or at home.

      • worldseriestiger - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        two 35+ contracts both for 2 years when players like Nyquist, Tatar, Emmerton, etc are in Grand Rapids is at least curious…and I’m not sure if you are aware of this or not but Ken Holland does not have a spotless record, so he can be questioned.

      • polegojim - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:10 PM

        No one is spotless, I totally agree… but he’s more than earned the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise.

  2. redgreentape - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Bert’s for being a good team guy, but with his back and age he would have been a choice to buy out. ( he’s not the only choice) I know he was in one of the play off games and he looked like a rock just standing their.

    • shoobiedoobin - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Bert makes next to nothing. What’s the point of freeing up that tiny amount of money compared to his potential contributions?

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Good news to hear! Get them signed! I still miss brunner tho

  4. LampyB - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Great news. I’ll miss brunner as well but weiss and alfredsson more than make up for the loss. We’re going deep this year, huge push for the cup.

    • clefty1 - Jul 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      The defense is still a big question mark though Dekeyser did help when he joined the Wings.

  5. howintensive - Jul 16, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Tootoo didn’t necessarily fall out of favor, the Red Wings just didn’t really need an enforcer down the stretch.

    • pxland - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Enforcer? Lol.

  6. polegojim - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Great news!!!

    And for ANYONE who questions Hollands decision making… I just shake my head and finger in your face… Seriously???

    See the last 22, 22, 22 years and his contributions along they way. He’s earned every benefit of the doubt… over your arm chair criticism.

  7. mlgowingsmerickson88 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Bringing Nyquist and Andersson back is good for the Wings ! But should of kept Brunner as that was a stellar line ! I hope we aren’t done in free agency ! Looking for more help on the Defense and we need another scorer ! Go Wings !

  8. shoobiedoobin - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    If Detroit gets rid of Jordan Tootoo in order to keep Dan Cleary, this team needs their collective head examined. I advocate not questioning the decisions of the front office often but they’re not infallible, mistakes can and have been made. This would be one of them.

    Cleary picked up a few lucky points in the playoffs and suddenly the last two seasons of terrible play are forgotten? I like him too and would like to see him here but his delusion is going to cost us a player or two because he thinks he’s worth 3 and a half mil.

    Dear Dan. You’re not worth that much. At your age, with your knees, and with your propensity for turning over pucks and ruining offensive zone possession you’re worth a couple years, 1.4 mil a year on the bottom 6 somewhere with some PP time maybe, Homer style. I’d have rather have kept Homer over you, at least he showed he could work the puck. You’re more of a locker room leader at this point and a leader would be OK with losing a few bucks to remain on a great team who will take care of you once you’re all done. You’re absolutely the worst player on the team with the puck on your stick in the offensive zone.

    Mike Babcock has shown the odd time to be confusingly stubborn in regards to players. He’s the best coach in the game but this mysterious hate-on for Tootoo makes me wish someone would question him already. Tootoo didn’t rack up points but he changed games with his energy, hitting and fighting. He was everything the Wings lacked for many years and now that they’ve got him they want to let him go for an old broken useless Dan Cleary? G.T.F.O with that garbage. Tootoo even showed flashes of offensive awareness, finding guys with slicker passes than I thought he was capable of.

    Trade Sammuelsson for a bag of pucks. A slurpee. A goddamn favor from a team near the cap floor needing a vet who can pot 20 goals. Detroit doesn’t need him, some other team has to for basically nothing in return but taking the salary. Cash dumps happen all the time. But no, the grinder/hitter/fighter/energy guy we always wanted(with a wonderful attitude and team spirit) and desperately needed will be gone because we think we need Sammy and Cleary.

    What a disgusting joke.

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