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Gustav Nyquist Signs a Two-Year Contract With the Red Wings

added 10:07am,

Update: The Detroit Free Press confirms in article form:

The Detroit Red Wings locked up the last of their restricted free agents today, signing Gustav Nyquist to a two-year contract.

The deal is for $1.9 million, with a salary cap hit of $950,000.

Nyquist, who turns 24 in two weeks, had three goals and three assists in 22 games for the Wings last season, and contributed two goals and three assists in 14 playoff appearances.

A fourth-round pick from 2008, Nyquist had a standout career at Maine before turning pro in 2010. He plays a very smart, skilled game, fitting in among the top-six group but also adept at creating a third line capable of being difficult to play against.

As does the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan...

Everyone is now signed, sealed and ready for training camp.

The last piece of business for the Red Wings was officially completed Tuesday morning as restricted free-agent forward Gustav Nyquist agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.9 million.

Nyquist, who'll be 24 on Sept. 1, scored three goals (with three assists) in 22 regular-season games and two goals and three assists in 14 playoff games.

Training camp begins Sept. 12. Nyquist's signing gives the Wings 25 players under contract -- there are 23 on a regular-season roster -- including 16 forwards. The Red Wings plan on having 14 forwards, so general manager Ken Holland still has some work to do.

With Nyquist's signing, the team is also slightly over the $64.3 million salary cap.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness...

The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent forward Gustav Nyquist have agreed on a two-year deal.
The average salary cap hit will be $950,000.

And MLive's Josh Slaghter:

As expected, the Detroit Red Wings have reached a new deal with restricted free agent Gustav Nyquist.

The 23-year-old forward appeared in 22 games for Detroit during the regular season, and then appeared in all 14 of the Red Wings' playoff games.

Nyquist received a two-year contact from Detroit that has an annual cap hit of $950,000.

Update #2: It's official?

Update #3: NOW it's official. Per the Wings:


… Left Wing has Appeared in 40 Career Games for Detroit …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Gustav Nyquist on a two-year contract.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Nyquist, 23, was selected by Detroit in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2008 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  He appeared in 22 games for the Red Wings during the 2012-13 season, collecting six points (3-3-6), an ‘even’ rating and was named the Red Wings Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.  The Halmstad, Sweden, native also skated in all 14 postseason games for Detroit during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering five points (2-3-5) and becoming the first Red Wings rookie to register two overtime points in the same playoff year when he tallied the game-winning goal in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Anaheim Ducks and assisted on Damien Brunner’s goal four days later in the extra frame of Game Four vs. Anaheim.

Nyquist led the Grand Rapids Griffins in regular-season scoring in 2012-13 with 60 points (23-37-60) despite playing in just 58 games in the American Hockey League due to four separate recalls to Detroit.  The 5-11, 185-lb. forward also notched seven points (2-5-7) in 10 playoff contests for the Griffins during their run to the 2013 Calder Cup championship.

Nyquist set the Griffins’ rookie scoring record in 2011-12 after registering 58 points (22-36-58) in 56 games.  Prior to joining the Griffins at the end of the 2010-11 season, Nyquist played three seasons at the University of Maine (NCAA, Hockey East), amassing 144 points (50-94-144) in 113 collegiate appearances.


Update #4: Capgeek lists the Wings as $637,879 over the cap, and at present, the Nyquist contract's listed at a flat $950,000 per season.

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Posted by ClintonVerley from Auburn Hills, MI on 08/20/13 at 10:21 AM ET

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The cap hit is $950,000. The Red Wings are $637,879 over the cap with this move, but need to trim two players from the roster anyway.

so who goes

Posted by FranzensMouthguard from Chicago, IL on 08/20/13 at 10:26 AM ET


Wings can save $925K by waiving Tootoo and sending him to the minors. Rather see him traded, but I think teams think they can pick players like him up off the waiver wire rather than trade a 7th round pick for him.

They’ll probably send Samuelsson down too, but because he signed after 35, I think the Wings only get a $100K break on that. (Not sure capgeek’s calculator is properly set over-35 contracts.)  Maybe they keep him and send down Emmerton, but I think a cheaper Emmerton is more likely to be grabbed off of waivers.

Of course, any injuries in pre-season may make this all moot.  But let’s hope not - especially Helm (no whammies, no whammies, no whammies).

Posted by CJBear71 on 08/20/13 at 10:47 AM ET

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It’s good to know that the Goose is no longer on the Loose.

As for who goes?  Some combination of Tootoo, Bert, Samuelsson, Eaves and/or Emmerton.  Maybe just one of those players if Helm goes in LTIR.

Can’t the Wings also defer Alfredsson’s bonus to next year or are they above even if they do that? 

Regardless, two forwards need to go.

Posted by Ajax19 on 08/20/13 at 10:47 AM ET

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The Wings have two bodies to move, and they’ll move ‘em. By the end of the exhibition season, either there will be dinged-up Wings or the team will be able to move players to help other teams.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/20/13 at 10:50 AM ET

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Good deal for both parties.  Essentially a bridge deal for Nyquist.

Pssst, Holland isn’t trading anyone.  Nor is he waiving anyone before preseason.  Whomever DET cuts out they will get NOTHING in return for, because Holland wants to “play it safe” and see what everyone does through camp and preseason with performance and injuries.

It sucks, but come to terms with it now rater than later.

I expect they’ll waive Emmerton and either Tootoo or Eaves.  And it’ll blow to get 0 in return for them.

Posted by Primis on 08/20/13 at 11:53 AM ET

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The Wings have two bodies to move…


However, the Wings have a 3rd option too: two players that are waiver exempt still on the main club’s roster that can be sent down to GR or called up at will…

DeKeyser and Nyquist

so they really don’t need to make a decision until the last minute and could even buy a few more weeks if necessary for your two options of trades or LTIR…

Posted by d ca on 08/20/13 at 11:59 AM ET

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The team doesn’t need to get anything in return for Emmerton or Tootoo. At this point, they need to dump salary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/20/13 at 12:06 PM ET

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My nipples are unbelievably perky right now.

The cap management I’ll leave to Tick Tock to figure out since he makes the bucks to be the boss.

Glad to have Nike back.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 08/20/13 at 12:18 PM ET

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Lest we forget, the Wings can eat salary in trades, and I could very easily see the Wings paying part of Tootoo’s salary or even up to half of Mikael Samuelsson’s $3 million if they could convince him to “go away” and accept a trade to a Western Conference team.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/20/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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I hope its Tootoo and Emmerton if it has to be anyone at all(which of course two have to go). But losing Eaves could bite us in the ass. He is a key special teams player for sure. And you’d want him with you, rather than against you.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 08/20/13 at 02:35 PM ET

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Emmerton was great last year I thought.  He’s a skilled grinder, reminds me a lot of Kindl, with consistent play and getting a good level of confidence he could shock us, but he needs time.

I agree with HTO. I’m not sure why there’s so much “hate” for Emmerton. He was drafted in the 2nd round (#41) in 2006. Here are some of the guys drafted in the first round that year that haven’t come close to doing what he’s done: Riku Helenius (#15), Mark Mitera #19), David Fischer (#20), Bob Sanguinetti (#21), Dennis Persson (#24), Ivan Vishnevsky (#27), Chris Summers (#29), Matthew Corrente (#30).

Most of those guys never played a game in the NHL. So, let’s give Cory some credit for the 121 NHL games he’s played and for the way he stepped up his game last year. I’d much prefer to see Sammy go than Cory (and that has nothing to do with the cap hit for either of them).

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/20/13 at 06:18 PM ET

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Ooops. I got so emotional about the “Emmerton issue” that I forgot to add a big woohoo for the Nyquist signing. At $950k per year for two years, that means this year’s cap hit for the entire (potential) 3rd/4th line of Gus/Andy/Tatar will be $2.333M (or a whopping $677k less than Samuelsson’s cap hit).

Anyone want to guess who will be more valuable to the Wings in 2013-14: Gus, Andy and Tatar or Sammy? After ragging on Holland for most of this past season, I have to give him the credit he deserves for the Nyquist and Andersson contracts. Both are great bargains.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/20/13 at 06:27 PM ET

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OlderThanChelios: Gus/Andy/Tatar are cheaper together than Sammy is on his own, yes… and they are all better than him on their own too.

I will never ever understand why Kenny made that deal. And an NTC to boot. What???

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 08/20/13 at 08:36 PM ET

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I will never ever understand why Kenny made that deal. And an NTC to boot. What???

I actually understand why he made the basic deal (money + term). Sammy did have the potential to be a 2nd line forward and play the point on the 2nd PP unit. The part I don’t get is the no-trade clause. That was one of the main reasons I’ve ragged on Holland for the past year.

Without that NTC, Sammy would be on his way to Calgary (or wherever) with the Wings picking up a portion of small this year’s salary. With the NTC, I’m afraid the only option the Wings have left is to send him wherever he wants to go and also pick up at least half of his salary.

Hopefully, Tick Tock learned his lesson there, and we’ll never have to see something like that again. I just hope it doesn’t cost the Wings the services of Emmerton and/or Eaves to get to that point.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/20/13 at 11:36 PM ET

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