The Malik Report
by Paul on 09/09/13 at 08:04 AM ET
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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