The Detroit Red Wings and Gustav Nyquist have agreed to a four-year deal reportedly worth $19 million. Nyquist, who plays center and hails from Halmstad, Sweden, was one of the team’s top scorers in the last two seasons.
"We're very happy to have Gustav locked up for four more years. He's quickly become an important part of our team, and is a critical piece to the Red Wings' future. He is just now entering the prime of his career,” Ken Holland, Red Wings executive vice president and general manager, said in an official statement.
Considered a steal in the 2008 NHL draft when he was selected in the fourth round, 121st overall, Nyquist had 102 points (55 goals and 47 assists) in the last two seasons compared to a total of 13 points (four goals and nine assists) in his first two seasons in the league.
The 25-year-old, who is also part of the Swedish ice hockey national team, is an integral part of the Red Wings, who will now be handled by new coach Jeff Blashill. Veteran head coach Mike Babcock, Detroit’s previous coach, moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason.
The Red Wings went 43-25-14 in the 2014-15 regular season and made the playoffs where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.