Last report I saw said he's had 10 concussions in his career. That's a ton. He probably should retire, but it's his call. It also said he might be skating but he's a long way from playing and still has frequent head aches.
If he signs a one year deal he'd be RFA again. There is no reason for him to accept a one year deal though, and I doubt Detroit would want to do that either. If they do and he has another big year, his salary would go up. Nyquist and his agent will want 2 years, so he can be a UFA as soon as possible, Detroit will push for longer term, and I think he'll end up signing for 4-5 years at $5 mil per.
I have been friends with a guy that lives in Toronto for a few years, I game with him a lot on Xbox live. He's in his mid 30's, been a Leafs fan for as long as he can remember as he was raised into it. He's die hard, he watches 50+ games per season, and I don't understand how he has done this for his entire life.
I really feel for him sometimes, when being able to dump Clarkson at the deadline was a victory for the team and made him excessively happy, it makes me stop and appreciate how good we really have it here as Wings fans.
The mounting frustrations, being a fan for 30 years and never seeing a cup raised, bad contract after bad contract, the fans that have been there for dozens of years and still call themselves Maple Leafs fans, yeah I feel like they really do deserve better.