Red Wing reversal: Detroit now wants to re-sign Nyquist
It has been assumed that Gustav Nyquist would finally be on his way out of Detroit by the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
Not so fast.
The Red Wings reportedly have set a high trade price for the 29-year-old right wing and want to sign him to a contract extension. Nyquist is in the last season of a four-year contract worth $4.75 million annually.
According to Ansar Khan of www.mlive.com, the Wings say the price would be a first-round draft pick for Nyquist or goaltender Jimmy Howard, also in the last year of his contract, in any potential deal. But don’t expect any team to meet that price for either player.
It has been long known that Detroit wants to retain Howard’s services. But the interest in re-upping with Nyquist is a recent development.
Nyquist has been the subject of trade rumors for half of his eight seasons with the Red Wings. It’s thought he would be extraneous on a team that’s rebuilding with young top-six forwards like Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha and the expected development of recent draft choices such as Michael Rasmussen, Filip Zadina and Joe Veleno.
Also, Nyquist would command more than $5 million a season over three or four years on his next contract, and the Wings would not want to commit that amount to a player who will turn 30 before the 2019-20 season begins.
So what’s changed?
Nyquist is second to Larkin on the team in scoring with 42 points (11 goals and 31 assists) and is on pace to obliterate his previous high of 54 points in 2014-15.
He has always maintained that he wants to remain a Red Wing and in fact has a no-trade clause that he would have to waive to make any potential trade a reality.
He was told by the team last summer that the first three months of 2018-19 would be like an audition, according to Khan.
Apparently, he has passed.