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by George Malik on 09/28/13 at 05:47 PM ET
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:
The Red Wings need to turn in their 23-man roster by Monday at 3 p.m. Forwards Darren Helm (back), Patrick Eaves (sprained knee, ankle) and Jordin Tootoo (bruised shoulder) and goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin), appear to be candidates to start the season on the injured list.
In a very strange way, the Wings' injuries have afforded them the option of having a couple of weeks and perhaps as long as a month to hope that other teams suffer catastrophic injuries and find themselves in need of an Eaves, Tootoo or Cory Emmerton.
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