Nyquist lone Wing to file for salary arbitration

DETROIT >> Gustav Nyquist has sped up the process of getting a contract done with the Detroit Red Wings.

The 25-year-old restricted free agent forward filed for salary arbitration Sunday.

He was one of 23 players to file for salary arbitration.

Arbitration hearings will take place from July 20 through Aug. 4 in Toronto and all decisions are due by Aug. 6.

The Wings’ other two restricted free agents – Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen – didn’t file.

Nyquist, who is no longer eligible to sign an offer sheet from other teams, will continue to negotiate with the Wings.

Nyquist, who turns 26 on Sept. 1, appears in line to receive a similar deal Tomas Tatar signed last season, three years at $2.75 million. He had a yearly salary-cap hit of $950,000 each of the last two seasons.

Nyquist burst onto the scene during the 2013-14 season.

After beginning the year in Grand Rapids because he didn’t have to clear waivers in order to be assigned there, Nyquist was recalled and promptly scored two goals in his first game.

He finished with 28 goals, six of which came on the power play, and 20 assists. He also was a plus-16.

Last season, in 82 games, Nyquist had 27 goals, 27 assists and was a minus-11. Fourteen of his goals were on the power play.

Nyquist, like many of the Wings’ younger players, has struggled in the postseason. He has three goals, four assists and a plus-1 in 30 games.

Detroit normally gets a done with players that file prior to the actual hearing.

Brendan Smith was the last Wing to file in 2013, but got a deal done prior to the hearing.

Jiri Hudler was the last Wing to get to the hearing in 2009.

However, Hudler signed a deal with the Kontinental Hockey League’s Dynamo Moscow just prior to his arbitration case was heard.

Hudler received a two-year deal via the arbitrator at an annual salary cap hit of $2.875 million.

Hudler spent just one season in the KHL before returning to the Wings where the played out a two-year deal prior to signing with the Calgary Flames.

The last one prior to that occurred in 1995 with Ray Sheppard, who lost his case. He was awarded a one-year deal worth $1.55 million, which was $400,000 short of what he requested and $200,000 more than the Wings had wanted.

Sheppard, who demanded a trade and was dealt to San Jose a month later, had scored 30 goals in 43 games. He had totaled 84 goals combined the two seasons prior.

Detroit has 21 players signed, 12 of which are forwards, at just over $65 million. That leaves just over $6 million left under the $71.4 million cap.

One response to “Nyquist lone Wing to file for salary arbitration

  1. I hope he gets similar to tats and hope he isn’t trying to get a big fat payday like over rated O’reilly who isn’t worth what he was getting paid. I like nyquist and hope this isn’t just about a big money deal and if so, I would trade him if he isn’t that happy being a wing, they brought two guys in to help the team win. So hope it can be worked out because Detroit has a lot of talent and kids just wanting a chance to prove themselves and I don’t blame nykie for being upset because his time got dragged out, but blame Babcock for holding him back for the cleary signings.

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