Nyquist looking forward to life in Columbus as new father
After almost eight seasons with the Red Wings, Gustav Nyquist is now with his third team in six months.
Detroit dealt the right wing to the San Jose Sharks as the trade deadline approached this past Feb. 24, and Nyquist signed as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1.
But he was back in the area this month, playing in the Eastside Elite Hockey League at Mt. Clemens Arena.
"It's really felt like home here, after being here for such a long time," Nyquist told NHL.com during the recent Eastside Elite All-Star Classic.
Nyquist and the Sharks reached the Western Conference Final before being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues, in six games. It was his first trip to the playoffs since 2016, when the Wings last qualified for the post season.
"I missed it for two years, but it's crazy how much you miss it after being in it for so many years," Nyquist said. "That was my first conference final. It makes you realize how hard it is to go all the way."
His pregnant wife, Danielle, remained in suburban Detroit when Nyquist was traded and gave birth to their first child, Charlotte, on April 29, between Games 2 and 3 of the Sharks’ second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche. He flew home from San Jose, met the team in Denver, and had two assists in a 4-2 win.
Nyquist is looking forward to playing with the Blue Jackets.
"It's a new adventure," he said. "That's how we look at it. … It'll be fun to kind of get to know the place a little more.”
Larkin still looking to improve
After posting career highs in goals and points (32 goals and 73 points) and improving on face-offs and defensively in 2018-19, Dylan Larkin still wants to get better.
"I'm still trying to work on being better offensively," Larkin told NHL.com, "but (also on) being in better shape so I can move my feet more and not take as many penalties and just be more disciplined and be a better two-way player. So I've looked at it all, and I think I'm working on it all. It's been a good summer so far."
His overriding goal is helping the Red Wings get back to the playoffs.
"I would much rather be a 60-point guy and a plus player and we're in the playoffs," Larkin said.
Finley lands with Jets
Former Red Wings chief scout Jeff Finley, who was let go when general manager Steve Yzerman purged the scouting department on July 11, was hired as an amateur scout by the Winnipeg Jets.
Finley, who played 708 games in the NHL, skated with the Jets during the 1995-96 season.