The Detroit Red Wings haven’t won a contest in their last seven tries, their goal scoring has almost totally dried up and no one seems to know what to do about it. While guys like Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg are saying the right things after games and following practices, what Detroit is doing right now clearly isn’t working.
With Danny DeKeyser recently added to the pile of bodies on the sideline for the Wings, it may be time for the team to look to the AHL to find some help. While both of Detroit’s big-name free agent acquisitions sit in the press box while resting wonky groins, Gustav Nyquist continues to play outstanding hockey for the Grand Rapids Griffins.
That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how outstanding he was for the Wings in the playoffs last season. The team saw fit to bring in a handful of aging veterans instead of moving forward with a youth movement that seemed to be underway, and Nyquist has spent the 2013-14 NHL campaign in the minors so far.
The talented forward hasn’t been idling in the minors for no good reason. In keeping Dan Cleary and signing Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, the Wings burned through all of the cap room that they had available, making it impossible to ice Nyquist at the NHL level.
With the Wings limping through their last seven contests and desperate for offense, the time might be finally here though. That’s right: Detroit might be close to finally freeing Nyquist.