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by George Malik on 06/03/14 at 12:34 PM ET
Well I figured that ninety minutes of translating Swedish (for the entry regarding Mattias Janmark signing a one-year deal with the Frolunda Indians) would be enough for one day, but I guess that's not the case.
Expressen's Mattias Ek penned a story which summarizes the Swedish version of a subscriber-only website's report. The report from Jonkopings Posten may explain why the Red Wings' coach and GM haven't spoken the words "Adam Almquist" while speaking about the team's defensive prospects, despite the 5'11," 178-pounds-with-his-equipment-on mini-mite's 53-point season with the Griffins.
Here's Ek's report-summarizing take on Almquist's "jitters," answering at least the part of the volumes of silence spoken by the Wings' management about a player who will have to clear waivers if he is demoted to the AHL this upcoming season (and what follows is roughly translated):
Detroit defenseman open to play for SHL team
The slick-playing defenseman Adam Almquist has played two good seasons for Detroit's farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, without earning a spot in the NHL.
Now he wants to do more, and he isn't ruling out a comeback with HV71.
"HV is always an option," says Almquist to Jonkoping-Posten.
Adam Almquist,23, has won an SHL title with HV71 four years ago, and he was the best scorer among their defensemen in the playoffs, with 11 points, including a goal.
For the past two seasons, he's played for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, which is Detroit's developmental team.
He's only played two games in the NHL, and when he got his chance this season, he scored a goal in the second of his two NHL games.
Almquist was among the best offensive defensemen in the AHL. He was 3rd in scoring thanks to registering 53 points (4 goals and 49 assists) in 73 games.
The contract may be up
Now, his contract with Detroit will expire, and he makes no secret that he wants to stay away from the minor leagues.
Almquist is a restricted free agent this summer, and the Wings can retain his rights by tendering him a qualifying offer, even if he and his agent don't accept it. They can let him walk by not giving him a qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted free agent.
"Everyone wants to play in the NHL. I've played two seasons in the AHL now, and my goal's to not play there again. It's not a bad league at all, but I feel that I need to move ahead and take new steps," says Almquist to JP.
It's unclear where he will end up, but the former team HV71 has a back-up spot available.
"HV is always an option. But that being said, I don't know where I'll play next season. We'll see," says Adam Almquist.
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