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Time is Ny: Detroit recalls Nyquist to replace DeKeyser

Nov 20, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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By all accounts, Gustav Nyquist should’ve been in the NHL this season.

Now he’ll finally get his chance.

Nyquist, stuck with AHL Grand Rapids this season due to Detroit’s cap crunch, has been summoned to the bigs in the wake of defenseman Danny DeKeyser going on LTIR with a shoulder injury.

DeKeyser will be gone for 10 games and 24 days, creating enough cap room for Nyquist to play in Detroit.

The Swedish winger cracked the Wings roster last year with a good regular season (six points in 22 games) and a very impressive postseason (five points in 14 games). He proceeded to join Grand Rapids for its Calder Cup run, then signed a two-year, $1.9 million extension in the hopes of becoming a full-time contributor in Detroit.

But that was before the Wings re-upped with Dan Cleary and couldn’t find any takers for the likes of Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves (who have since been waived, and are now in Grand Rapids). Detroit was carrying as many as 16 forwards on NHL contracts this year.

Nyquist, 24, has been tearing it up for the Rapids this year, scoring 21 points in his first 15 games. He sits tied for fourth in league scoring and is second in assists, with 14.

  1. jakreidler - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    I guess there’s a silver lining.

    • polegojim - Nov 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      Yes… and with them bring up Mrazek, Ouellette, and a couple others on a regular basis… the Red Wings youth will be much better prepared and strong for a good run.

  2. sjsharks86 - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    It’s a crying shame Nyquist hasn’t been playing in the NHL this year, every game he played last year his presence was felt, the kid is skilled and plays with speed. Not surprising though even without the cap restrictions, this is the Wings MO to let the fruit fully ripen before its picked.

  3. steelers88 - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    This might be a bit off topic but if the Redwings keep going the way their going do you think the Redwings would actually fire Babcock? I personally don’t see that happening but I just wanted everyone else’s opinion.

    • ryanprzy - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

      Not at all likely. This is kind of a transition year for the Wings. There’s lots of talent in the AHL waiting to come up, but we have to wait for the contracts of Samuelsson/Bertuzzi/Cleary/Quincey to come off the books after this season.

      We can compete right now, and I understand we’re in a bit of a rut, but we’ll get it together soon. And next year, you’ll see a lot of the Griffins up and there will be some growing pains, but overall we’ll be a stronger team with the right mix of veterans and rookies.

      Babcock is one of the best. The thought of firing him has never crossed my mind and I doubt Kenny Holland has ever had that thought either.

  4. ripaslapper - Nov 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Who is editing the school paper these days? Nyquist is not going to “replace” DeKeyser. Someone else will fill the void on D but Nyquist surely will not be on the point. It’s simple math and now there is cap space to call him up. The headline is misleading.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      It means he’s replacing DeKeyser on the active 23-man roster. Putting DeKeyser on LTIR is the only reason Detroit could get Nyquist up. Apologies if that wasn’t made clear.

  5. detwings - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    It’s a shame that it took arguably the Wings best defenseman this season to get injured to be able to call up Nyquist

  6. LampyB - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Not a chance wings fire babcock. Hes one of the best coaches in nhl history.

  7. darksidecowboy - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Thank you Wings, he’s been sitting on my bench in my fantasy league. Bring it Nyquist!

  8. thethorntonstrokes - Nov 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    GOOOOOSE

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