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‘He’s here for the year’: Nyquist will remain in Detroit

Nov 22, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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It didn’t take long for Gustav Nyquist to ensure he’d be a Red Wing for the rest of the season.

“He’s here for the year,” Wings GM Ken Holland told the Detroit News on Friday, the day after Nyquist scored two goals in his season debut, a 4-3 win over Carolina.

Nyquist, 24, was in a bit of a tricky spot prior to Holland’s announcement. When he plays his next game for the Wings, he’ll then require waivers to go back to AHL Grand Rapids — where he’s been stuck all season due to Detroit’s cap crunch at the NHL level.

Considering his talent level (five points in 14 playoff games last year; 21 points in 15 games with Grand Rapids) and his low cap hit ($950,000), Nyquist would be a hot commodity if he hit the wire.

The Wings have some time to figure out their cap situation, as defenseman Danny DeKeyser is on LTIR. That’ll provide the temporary relief to figure out how to keep Nyquist up, though the Wings are in a tight spot having already jettisoned Jordin Tootoo and Patrick Eaves to the Rapids.

  1. polegojim - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Beautiful… and as it should be!

    One game does not make a season… but his return had even bigger impact than Helm’s return.

    He’s going to cause others to pick up their game… and hope Helm gets stronger.

    They’ll both show Weiss what is expected.


  2. 19to77 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    They’ll probably deal one of their older guys for a later-round pick if they need to clear space. If Samuelsson didn’t have an NTC he’d have been gone a while ago. $3m cap hit for a nearly invisible player. I’m sure they’d love to be free of that contract.

    • c9castine - Nov 23, 2013 at 1:54 AM

      yeah but who the hell wants him? like you said he’s nearly invisible.

      people forget that part of trading lol.

  3. LampyB - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    No clue why they brought samuelsson back in the first place. Should have left him in florida or wherever he was dumped. Vancouver?

    • polegojim - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Injury and Loyalty. Both were factors. It was a win-win at the time, and they gave him what he asked for.

  4. 2late2matter - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Not ‘asking’ for much should have been a first clue.

    A life lesson is that you generally get what you pay for.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Is it too much to ask for a Datsyuk, Nyquist, Zetterberg line?

    • lopo - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Yes, Dats and Z like a big/solid body in front of the goal tender.

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