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Red Wings Need To Make Some Moves

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have 25 NHL players, two over the roster limit. That includes 16 forwards, two more than they intend to carry. They are $637,000 over the salary cap.

Here is a look at some of their options:

Place center Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve.

After missing virtually the entire season due to back pain, Helm has made progress.He has been skating regularly this off-season but still is experiencing some pain. He needs to see how the back reacts to physical play in scrimmages and exhibition games, but he might not be cleared for contact in training camp....

Assign Gustav Nyquist to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Had Nyquist appeared in two more regular season games in 2013, he would not have been waiver exempt this season. But, he is one of two players the club can assign to the AHL without having to clear waivers....

Assign Danny DeKeyser to Grand Rapids.

This promising defenseman, who made a huge impact after joining the Red Wings from Western Michigan late last season, also is waiver exempt. The Red Wings would hate to send him down even temporarily, since they're counting on him to play a key role right from the start with his puck-moving skills, penalty killing ability and poise....


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Assign Danny DeKeyser to Grand Rapids.

Please tell me the Wings brass are not seriously considering that.

The boy came ‘ripe’ from WMU, he doesn’t need anymore time to ripen in GR.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/09/13 at 09:10 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Sending a D-man down to make room for the Wings to have 15 forwards is not an option I see the Wings taking for any realistic stretch.  It might work for home games, but no sane team carries six defensemen for any stretch .

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/09/13 at 09:24 AM ET

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I also don’t see how they could assign Gus. He played WAY too well through the final 15 or so games of the regular season, plus the playoffs. He showed he is truly NHL-ready in pretty much every phase of the game.

The Wings unfortunately missed the boat by not using a compliance buyout on Tootoo or Samuelsson (of course Sammy’s health hamstrung them on that… no pun intended). That’s really what needed to happen. I know it wouldn’t provide a lot of cap relief, but I’d still be totally fine with seeing them waive Tootoo if they can’t trade him.

Samuelsson, if healthy, still has a hard shot, is always reliable defensively, and has a bigger cap number, so while I’d have liked a compliance buyout had it been possible, I don’t like the idea of waivers.

I don’t love the idea of trading Tatar simply to make space. I’d rather take a chance on being down a center with Helm hurt and waiving or trading Emmerton, especially since the Wings play guys that are centers-by-trade on the wing all over the place anyhow. I would, however, be very open to trading Tatar if it returns a good young D prospect, because it would be trading from a position of organizational depth to help out a position of relative weakness. That said, it’d have to be a legit D prospect that projects as a real 20 minute/night player with 2-way upside. We have enough depth in D at all ages in the organization to fill those 3 - 6 spots.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 09/09/13 at 11:04 AM ET

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