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Month after signing extension, Nyquist sent to Detroit’s AHL affiliate

Sep 30, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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Gustav Nyquist has become a victim of the numbers game.

On Monday, hours before NHL rosters were due, Detroit sent Nyquist to its AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, ensuring the Swedish forward wouldn’t be with the Wings to open the 2013-14 campaign.

Nyquist, 24, was the last of Detroit’s RFAs to re-up with the club this summer, signing a two-year, $1.9 million extension in August. That came on the heels of a solid 2013 campaign, in which Nyquist scored six points in 22 regular season games and five in 14 playoff appearances.

Following Detroit’s loss to Chicago in the Western Conference semifinals, Nyquist went to Grand Rapids and helped the Griffins capture the Calder Cup.

Unfortunately, Detroit’s glut of forwards resulted in Nyquist being the odd man out this season.

The club put itself in a bit of a bind by signing Dan Cleary to an extension at the start of training camp, leaving itself with too many forwards and contracts. Because he was able to go to the AHL without having to clear waivers, Nyquist quickly became the logical choice to send packing.

Nyquist wasn’t the only player Detroit moved in an effort to get cap compliant. In an earlier transaction, Holland put another forward — Cory Emmerton, who appeared in all 48 games last season — on waivers.

  1. imleftcoast - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    No one picked Nyquist or Emmerton off waivers?

    • mshantz22 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Nyquist doesn’t need to go through waivers. He’s still young enough for them to apply.

      • mshantz22 - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        *not to apply

      • thencredwing - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Actually he has just 2 games remaining in the NHL before he will have to clear waivers to get sent down again.

    • 2dollarpbrs - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Don’t be afraid to read the story before commenting

  2. dearyxd - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Dont worry, the Wings are so fragile half of the Grand Rapids will be called up next monday… sry :D

  3. polegojim - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Not a bad deal. Just like Arnie… He’ll Be Back!!!

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