The Detroit Red Wings are in the process of trimming their roster down while getting under the salary cap.
The club waived center Cory Emmerton earlier today, but that will not be the only move done to get the roster down to 23 players.
Emmerton being placed on waivers clears up $533,333 in salary. If he is unclaimed by noon on Monday, he will report to the Grand Rapids Griffins.
The former second-round pick of the Wings in the 2006 draft posted eight points (five goals, three assists) with the Wings last season. With Darren Helm expected to return and the strong play of Joakim Andersson, there was no room for Emmerton.
If another center goes down with an injury, either Riley Sheahan or Luke Glendening will be recalled from the Griffins.
In addition, Darren Helm has been placed on long-term injured reserve, which will clear up another $2.125 million in cap space. However, Helm will not be able to play until after ten games and 24 days. Patrick Eaves (knee) will also likely go on LTIR.
Backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) will likely go on short-term injured reserve, which is a minimum of seven days. This only clears a roster spot for his replacement, Petr Mrazek, but does not clear his $1.5 million salary. Jordin Tootoo may also start the season on short term IR.
GM Ken Holland said that the team does not plan to waive anyone else before the season starts.
All teams must by cap and roster compliant by 5 p.m. Monday.
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