from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The better Nyquist, an unrestricted free agent after this season, plays, the more it will benefit what the Wings are trying to do long-term. The last two seasons have seen pending unrestricted free agents traded at the deadline for future assets – for example, 2017’s Brendan Smith trade included a 2018 second-round pick (Jonatan Berggren) and 2018’s Tomas Tatar trade included a 2018 first-round pick (Joe Veleno), among other assets acquired.
Nyquist, 29, should appeal to a contender because he flirted with the 30-goal mark when he was playing with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in the prime of their careers (2013-15). Nyquist has a no-trade clause, but a player can be moved if he agrees to waive that.
“It’s a business and that’s part of the game,” Nyquist said. “I’m sure my name will pop up. It will be a little bit new situation for me because this is my last year of the contract. It’s different, but it’s nothing I’ve thought about. Probably more as I get closer to the deadline. We’ll see.”