DETROIT – NHL teams have until Monday afternoon to submit their 23-man rosters valued at no more than $64.3 million for the start of the 2013-14 season. The Red Wings made a move today to become salary cap compliant by placing fourth-line center Cory Emmerton on waivers.
The 25-year-old Emmerton is a good depth forward with instructive two-way skills, however, the Wings have an abundance of forwards with similar acumen stockpiled in their minor-league system. Emmerton, who has 12 goals and seven assists in two full seasons with the Wings, is no different than Grand Rapids prospects Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening, making him somewhat expendable under the new collective bargaining agreement, which trimmed team salaries by nearly $6 million. Sunday’s move clears a roster spot and deducts $533,000 from the Wings’ cap.
The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 25 players, including 16 forwards, and they’re approximately $1.9 million over the cap. Center Darren Helm, who has played one game in the last 18 months, will be placed on long-term injured reserve on Monday. The moves clear two roster spots and removes $2.65 million in cap space.
If Emmerton clears waivers, the Red Wings can reassign him to their AHL Affiliate in Grand Rapids.
With Emmerton waived and Helm on LTIR it may be the move the Wings need to make before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, if forward Patrick Eaves (MCL, ankle sprain) and backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) begins the season on LTIR.
If Eaves and Gustvasson only goes on short-term, they'll need to clear salary to recall rookie goalie Petr Mrazek. In that case, forward Gustav Nyquist could begin the season, temporarily, in Grand Rapids.
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