As for now, Nyquist can’t be the Wings’ answer to solving offensive woes

DETROIT – Solving the Wings’ offensive woes will have to come inside the locker room.

What that means is Gustav Nyquist won’t be on his way to Detroit anytime soon.

“We’ve got to move players to get Nyquist up,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview.

The Wings simply don’t have a roster spot or salary-cap space to recalled Nyquist.

“It’s complicated,” Holland said.

Of late, the Wings are a one line team comprised of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, along with whoever coach Mike Babcock decides to have with them and most of the season it’s been Todd Bertuzzi.

Zetterberg leads the team with 10 goals and Datsyuk has nine. Combined that’s 19 of Detroit’s 47 goals scored this season.

Bertuzzi has chipped in with five.

No one else on the team has more than three goals.

The Wings, who are 0-1-5 over their last six games at home, entered play Wednesday tied for 21st in the league for goals scored per game (2.47).

“That’s it, that’s the team,” Holland said. “We’re not the first team in the league to have struggles. There is no hockey store. It’s got to be done internally.”

Nyquist has seven goals and 10 assists in 12 games with Grand Rapids this season.

The other factor is when Nyquist plays two more games in Detroit the team loses the ability to send him back to the minors without having to clear waivers.

Nyquist showed he belonged in Detroit last season with three goals and three assists in 22 regular season games. He chipped in two goals and had three assists in 14 playoff games, finding chemistry and Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner.

And more roster moves are coming as players get healthy.

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith are expected back soon.

“When E and Smitty are healthy, we’re over the cap,” Holland said. “If they are ready, we have to make some moves. We have to make some moves to get cap compliant.”

Ericsson could be ready to play Friday at home against the Washington Capitals.

Smith said on Tuesday he should be ready to return sometime this weekend.

Jordin Tootoo has already cleared waivers, but still remains with the team. He’ll likely be assigned to Grand Rapids once Ericsson is activated off long-term injured reserve.

Patrick Eaves, who’s been a healthy scratch four of the last five games, could be the next player on the roster to be waived.


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