Gustav Nyquist made his case for staying on the Detroit Red Wings‘ roster for awhile, if not permanently. Hopefully, the Red Wings will also see it that way, although they may not be able to keep him because of money issues.
Nyquist was the hero in the Wings’ 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday that broke an eight-game winless streak at home. He scored 17 seconds into the game for the team’s fastest goal this season. His second goal proved to be the winning score. Winning hasn’t been easy lately for Detroit, and to say this was a huge victory is a major understatement.
The Red Wings would like to keep Nyquist on the roster for obvious reasons: he can score and the team has been struggling for offense all season.
He was called up Thursday from the team’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. He’s been there because of his contract situation, and the Wings have salary cap issues that might force them to send him back down. They brought him up Thursday when they put another player on long-term injured reserve.
That would just be like Detroit’s luck this season to lose a potentially productive scorer because of contractual issues. Nyquist eventually needs to get a permanent spot on this team as coach Mike Babcock clearly sees some potential with him. But the way contracts are structured nowadays in professional sports, a team can’t always afford to have its very best lineup on the everyday roster.