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As we wait for the Red Wings to make their roster decisions...
MLive's Brendan Savage penned a fantastic profile of Wings goalie Jimmy Howard...
"If there's one thing I've always been told by my parents," said Howard, a 29-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., "it's that you don't rest on your laurels. It doesn't matter what you did in the past, you got to continue to go out there and prove yourself, work hard and play hard. I don't expect much to change here other than go out and get better.''
So Howard, who has been a workhorse since replacing Chris Osgood as Detroit's No. 1 netminder in 2009-10, spends every day trying to help the Red Wings win their fifth Stanley Cup since 1997.
The Red Wings and their fans are in something of a holding pattern today.
With "the kids" sent to Grand Rapids, Cory Emmerton and his $533K salary destined for either the AHL or another team via waivers, and Darren Helm and his $2.125 million salary on the LTIR, the Wings would be able to both clear a Capgeek-estimated minus-Emmerton $1.854 million cap overage and afford whatever pro-rated amount Petr Mrazek's $790K cap hit will cost as Jonas Gustavsson's injury replacement.
With 24 men on the roster, however, today's medical evaluations of Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL, sprained ankle and a $1.2 million salary), the aforementioned Gustavsson (groin injury, $1.5 million salary) and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder, $1.9 million cap hit and 2 years remaining on his deal) will determine whether:
Updated at 6 PM: While I was trying to get some sleep, the Red Wings got busy starting to clear roster space, placing Cory Emmerton on waivers and Darren Helm on the LTIR, demoting a gaggle of players to Grand Rapids (my gut feeling remains that Nathan Paetsch will be signed to a 2-way deal once the Wings back off the 50-man roster limit) and pondering other moves to knock the roster down from 25 to 23 players--assuming that Emmerton and his $533K salary is either picked up or heads to Grand Rapids, and assuming that adding Helm's $2.125 million cap hit to the LTIR will allow the Wings to clear $2.658 millinon off their cap figure (and Capgeek estimates that the Wings are over the $64.3 million cap by $2.387 million).
The Free Press's Helene St. James asked Ken Holland why the Wings chose to waive Emmerton, not sure whether the Wings will place Jonas Gustavsson and his $1.5 million salary on the LTIR given his groin issues, or whether the Wings will place Patrick Eaves and his $1.2 million salary on the LTIR due to his sprained MCL and sprained ankle...
Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned forwards Mitch Callahan, Luke Glendening, Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and Riley Sheahan; defensemen Adam Almquist, Xavier Ouellet and Ryan Sproul; and goaltender Jared Coreau to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. Additionally, the team released forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch from their professional tryouts and placed forwards Willie Coetzee and Landon Ferraro and defenseman Nick Jensen on injured reserve.
The Red Wings’ roster currently stands at 27 players, as the team heads into their regular season home opener on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres.
Players on injured reserve do not count towards Detroit’s active roster
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
If Emmerton clears at noon on Monday, he will be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Either way, the move opens a roster spot and shaves $533,000 off the cap.
General manager Ken Holland said center Darren Helm (back) will be placed on long-term injured reserve on Monday. That clears another roster spot and gives the club $2.125 million in cap relief.
The Red Wings currently have 26 players and are approximately $2.4 million over the cap. They have until 3 p.m. Monday to reduce their roster to 23 players.
Right wing Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL and ankle) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) will start the season on injured reserve. The club will determine on Monday whether it's long-term or short-term.
Clubs receive cap relief if a player goes on long-term IR (minimum 10 games and 24 days). Short-term IR (minimum seven days) does not provide cap relief, it only creates a roster spot.
If Eaves and Gustavsson both go on short-term IR, the Red Wings will need to make another move to clear some salary because Gustavsson's $1.5 million will still be on the cap, along with his replacement, Petr Mrazek's $790,000 salary.
added 12:39pm, per St, James tweet, Wings will place Helm on LTIR Monday.
The Red Wings' 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night yielded both a "series split" in the teams' home-and-home exhibition-ending tilts (on Friday, Detroit defeated Toronto 5-2 in a battle of NHL lineups) and what I can best describe as mixed signals from the Grand Rapids Griffins-heavy lineup battling an almost equally green Leafs team.
As I noted in the quick take, you could expect Mikael Samuelsson to look like, well, himself, but witnessing not only Drew Miller and Jakub Kindl, but also Cory Emmerton, Brendan Smith and Brian Lashoff mail in their performances was downright odd, because that trio has very little job security.
People say that I make far too big a deal of preseason games, and I won't deny that fact while admitting that I'm disappointed in the Red Wings' effort in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Both teams' rosters were miles away from the players who skated in Friday night's 5-2 Wings win, but the players who played the most indecisively and were most guilty of mailing it in weren't Jarnkrok, Pulkkinen, the goal-scorer Callahan or Sproul, Ouellet, Sheahan, Jurco, or even Hoggan or Paetsch, who all gave their all, just like Mrazek (who was near-heroic) and Coreau (who had no chance on the goal that beat him).
When every player on the Red Wings' roster is healthy, the team will have 3 extra forwards and a Capgeek-estimated overage of $2.387 million to clear off their salary cap figure to become cap-compliant as well as compliant with the NHL's 23-man roster rules.
The Red Wings are not healthy, however--Darren Helm is still slowly making his way back from a back injury, complicated by a groin injury, Jonas Gustavsson has a tweaked groin, Patrick Eaves sprained his ankle and tweaked his MCL in an accident at practice, and Jordin Tootoo may or may not be ready for the season opener after bruising his shoulder.
I can't rule out the Wings waiving a player or sending Gustav Nyquist to Grand Rapids before his waiver-exempt status expires with two NHL games played, but it is incredibly likely that the Wings will avail themselves of long-term injured reserve exemptions, as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan suggests:
Both the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs are dressing relatively prospect-laden lineups when the teams battle in Toronto this evening (7 PM, CBC/NHL Network U.S.), with Petr Mrazek and Jared Coreau slated to split duties (per MLive's Ansar Khan) opposite James Reimer. The Leafs hope to gain a measure of revenge for their 5-2 loss to the Wings on Friday night.
The NHL Network claims that it's going to air tonight's game, but we have yet to find out whether they'll "flip the switch":
Th CBC's gearing up for its regular season "dress rehearsal"...
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