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How cut-down/waiver/LTIR Sunday is *probably* going to go down for the Red Wings

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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perfection's avatar

so on Hockey Night in Canada tonight they were saying teams have to have the roster down to 23 on Monday and THEN can only start putting people on LTIR on Tuesday. Meaning, I think, you cannot use LTIR to get to the initial 23, meaning to keep Helm, he takes up a roster spot for a day, when he can then be assigned to LTIR and replaced by either a GR kid or someone who clears waivers (emmerton?).

So does anyone know if this is true? I don’t quite understand the ramifications of this. Can you also still not waive an injured player before Tuesday?

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 09/29/13 at 03:23 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

I have not heard of this magical mystery tour. EVERY beat writer and EVERY expert has stated otherwise. I heard this and went, “WHAAAAATTTT????”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 09/29/13 at 03:35 AM ET

perfection's avatar

me too. so you hear it then? I’m not making this up?

It’s funny, because my immediate reaction was “it’s friggin hockey night in canada, it must be right”. But then the more I thought about it, a lot started not making sense. Our situation become much more dire.

Though, if this is actually the case somehow, having Gus’ 2 games of waiver exemption would be HUGE. He could be sent down monday and recalled tuesday after someone’s put on LTIR… all before we even play a game.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 09/29/13 at 04:14 AM ET

Steve in San Francisco's avatar

If what HNiC said is true, what would be the ramifications of just keeping everything the same and being over the cap for one day before the season has started? My understanding is that there are no set penalties for not being cap compliant… Obviously, no self-respecting team would play games whilst over the cap, but going over one day before any puck anywhere is dropped?

And putting the deadline for roster/cap compliance one day before the LTIR is available is remarkably stupid, but this IS Gary Bettman’s NHL…

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 09/29/13 at 04:01 PM ET

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