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by Paul on 11/13/13 at 05:18 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Nyquist, 24, might be recalled at some point this season. But he can’t come up as a temporary replacement for an injured player; the move must be permanent. That’s because Nyquist will be out of AHL options once he plays two more NHL games and would need to clear waivers to be sent back down.
As it is, the Red Wings will need to make a couple of moves to accommodate the return of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who is expected to come off long-term injured reserve and play Friday against the Washington Capitals at Joe Louis Arena.
Jordin Tootoo, who cleared waivers last week, likely will be assigned to Grand Rapids. Patrick Eaves might be waived.
The Red Wings, winless in their past six home games (0-1-5), are tied for 21st in the league in goals per game (2.47). Datsyuk scored both of their goals in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime loss to Winnipeg. Zetterberg did likewise in Saturday’s 3-2 OT loss to Tampa Bay. This team has gone four games without a goal from any forward not on the top line.
[Red Wings GM Ken] Holland said the solution must come from within.
“That’s it, that’s the team,’’ Holland said. “We’re not the first team in the league to have struggles. There is no hockey store. It’s got to be done internally.’’
added 5:41pm, from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,
The Wings simply don’t have a roster spot or salary-cap space to recalled Nyquist.
“It’s complicated,” Holland said.
more, basically the same information as the Khan story, with Holland stating that the Wings would already exceed the salary cap with Tootoo demoted and Ericsson and Smith healthy:
When E and Smitty are healthy, we’re over the cap,” Holland said. “If they are ready, we have to make some moves. We have to make some moves to get cap compliant.”
Ericsson could be ready to play Friday at home against the Washington Capitals. Smith said on Tuesday he should be ready to return sometime this weekend.
Jordin Tootoo has already cleared waivers, but still remains with the team. He’ll likely be assigned to Grand Rapids once Ericsson is activated off long-term injured reserve.
Patrick Eaves, who’s been a healthy scratch four of the last five games, could be the next player on the roster to be waived.
Update: Instead, the Free Press's Helene St. James spoke with Holland about his proposed changes to overtime, as made at yesterday's GM's meetings:
Holland’s quest to make changes is timely — and timeless. The Wings have been grumbling about the post-regulation format since a shootout was instituted coming out of the 2004-05 labor dispute. Detroit and Chicago were the only teams that voted against using a shootout, or skills competition as its sometimes derided, to decide games during the regular season. Sudden-death overtime remains the order of the day come playoffs.
Holland acknowledged today that shootouts, “are staying. We understand fans want a conclusion before going home.” What Holland wants to accomplish — and there was overwhelming support from fellow general managers for a presentation he made — is to extend overtime.
“Overtime is going to be extended by two or three minutes,” Holland told the Free Press. “It’s going to go to either 7 or 8 minutes. My presentation was to stay with four-on-four, but there’s also support for going to three-on-three. Everybody was in agreement to extend trying to decide the game playing hockey versus a shootout.”
The details will be hammered out during March meetings so they can be implemented for next season. Winning teams will still get two points and the losing team, one point. So why the desire to extend overtime? Because it can matter at the end of the regular season. If teams have collected the same number of points after 82 games, the first tiebreaker is regulation and overtime victories. Shootout victories do not count.
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