DETROIT – The Red Wings are all ready for training camp after agreeing to a two-year contract with forward Gustav Nyquist, who was a restricted free agent.
Nyquist was the last of the Red Wings’ free agents to re-sign with the club. Detroit now has 15 forwards signed to one-way contracts, and that doesn't include Tomas Tatar, though he is out of AHL options and still must clear waivers to be send down. In all, Detroit has 25 under contract.
“It feels great, I’m real excited," Nyquist said Tuesday in a phone interview from his home in Sweden. "It just feels great to know that you’re going to be a part of it for at least the next two years, and it’s such a great organization. I’ve learned so much since I started playing there, so it’s a great feeling right now.”
According to a report on NHL Radio, the Nyquist contract is worth $950,000 per season.
The 23-year-old Nyquist produced three goals and three assists in 22 regular-season games with the Red Wings during the lockout-shortened season. He also registered 23 goals and 37 assists in 58 games with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. The former fourth-round pick also scored two goals and five points in 14 Stanley Cup playoff games.
A former two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist at the University of Maine, Nyquist produced seven points in 10 postseason games during the Griffins’ run to the Calder Cup championship.
Nyquist was among a slew of young players who gained valuable ice-time with the Red Wings last season and into the playoffs. He said the experience was a good learning tool.
"For us to be around the guys, especially in the playoffs they all know what it takes to win," Nyquist said. "You really learn a lot. It’s a great experience for us young guys to be able to learn through the experience of playing in it. A lot of these guys have been through it all and won the Stanley Cup."
Nyquist is anxious to get the season underway. He said he plans to return to Detroit next week to begin skating with teammates at Joe Louis Arena before the clubs heads to training camp in Traverse City on Sept. 12.
“It’s going to be a real exciting (season)," he said. "We’re all excited to be moving to the East. It’s going to be fun to play some new teams, start some new rivalries, and I think we have some great new additions to our team. It’s great to see that (Daniel) Alfredsson signed with us, and (Stephen) Weiss."
As for where he will fit into the Red Wings' plans for the upcoming season, Nyquist said he speculates that Mike Babcock and the coaching staff will have the final say.
"I think that will all be decided at training camp," Nyquist said. "They’re going to watch the exhibition games and see how the team and lines are shaping up and where everyone fits in so we’ll know more after that."
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