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Wallner: Gustav Nyquist prepared to embrace adversity while playing for Grand Rapids

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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Great attitude, Gus. Can’t wait til you come back to the big club. Tear it up down there bud.

Posted by ZandPasha11 on 10/01/13 at 12:43 PM ET

Chet's avatar

couldn’t have said that better myself.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 10/01/13 at 01:12 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Wow.  Stand up guy. 

I wonder what Mikael Samuelsson would have to say if he were in Gus’ spot.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 10/01/13 at 01:21 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Gus takes it on the chin and takes it like a man…. I like this kid.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 10/01/13 at 01:45 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

“Nothing was said,” he said of his possible return date to the Red Wings.

Well, I doubt Holland wanted to say, “Get yourself a nice apartment in GR, kid, because you’re going to be there until someone has a season-ending injury or we can find someone stupid enough to take on those ridiculous contracts I gave to Sammy and Tootoo.”

Anyway, it’s great to see Gus putting on a “brave face” and talking about being a leader in GR. Very mature. And very commendable.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/01/13 at 03:10 PM ET

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