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by George Malik on 10/01/13 at 11:35 AM ET
After being demoted due to salary cap-related reasons, Red Wings forward...Okay, Grand Rapids Griffins forward Gustav Nyquist put on a brave face while speaking with Expressen's Gunnar Nordstrom, and he sounded similar notes when asked about his demotion by the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner:
“I really didn’t want to think about it too much,” Nyquist said of going back to the Griffins. “I took camp as an opportunity to take a spot on the roster and, obviously, I knew this was a possibility. But in camp, you’re just focused on playing as well as possible.”
Nyquist realized he was in a difficult position despite playing well in the Red Wings’ eight preseason games.
“I was happy with my camp,” he said. “It’s a just a hard team to take a spot on. A lot of guys and a lot of forwards.”
Wallner says that this is the fifth time that Nyquist has been demoted, and he notes that Nyquist's performed particularly well when stuck in the AHL. Wallner also spoke with Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill about dealing with a particularly disappointed player:
“There’s a human element to it with him that’s real, and it’s not easy,”” he said. “…But part of being successful in pro sports is working through the different road bumps that you have to face. Gus has proven in the past that he’s mentally tough to do it, and I believe he will be able to do that, and continue to get better. And Gus has to realize that, too – that he has to be a better player when he goes back to Detroit than when he got here.”
Now, Nyquist prepares for his latest return and with no idea how long this latest visit will last.
“Nothing was said,” he said of his possible return date to the Red Wings. “But I look at it that maybe I can be a little bit of a role model. I’ve had some games up with Detroit so I’m just going to try and be a little bit of a leader down here and show them what it takes.”
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