from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
- Nyquist, 29, is in the last year of a contract with a $4.75 million salary cap hit. The Wings were interested in re-signing Nyquist, but balked at his asking price of five years at $5.5 million per. He’ll get that from someone if he hits the open market. If the Wings don’t see him as part of their future, the sensible move is to trade him. At last year’s trade deadline, Tatar had 16 goals and 12 assists in 62 games and yielded a 2018 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick and 2021 third-round pick from Vegas. The Golden Knights were loaded up with picks left over from their expansion draft, though, and Tatar was under contract through 2020-21 at a $5.3 million cap hit. Nyyquist isn’t likely to fetch the same haul, but a first-round pick, a conditional second-round pick that becomes a first if the team reaches the conference finals, or a second-round pick and a good prospect, could be enticing.
- Goaltender Jimmy Howard has been pulled in his last two starts but that’s an anomaly during an otherwise strong season (2.88 goals-against average, .910 save percentage in 42 games). Howard, who will be 35 in March, will be an unrestricted free agent coming off a contract with a $5.3 million salary cap hit. The Wings would like to re-sign Howard, but Holland said Friday it isn’t likely to happen before the trade deadline. The Wings don’t have an NHL-ready goaltender in their system, and it’s unlikely they move him, barring an outstanding offer.
- There’s always interest in Luke Glendening (nine goals, 11 assists in 62 games) because of his speed, defensive know-how and faceoff prowess, but he’s under contract for two more seasons at a very reasonable $1.8 million cap hit. The Wings see Glendening value his leadership on the ice and in the locker room. They’re not parting with him unless a team overpays.