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by George Malik on 11/06/13 at 04:30 PM ET
When Brendan Smith and Jonathan Ericsson return from their respective injuries, Capgeek estimates that the Red Wings have already placed players on the Long-Term Injured Reserve list for enough time that they've cleared the cap overage caused by the team's decision to bring Daniel Cleary back into the fold...
But the team will have 24 players on its roster when Smith and Ericsson are healthy, so it was assumed, and I assumed, that the Red Wings were waiving Jordin Tootoo for the purposes of sending him to Grand Rapids. Mike Babcock certainly intimated as much when he spoke with the media on Wednesday, but the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness suggests that the Wings will keep Tootoo around if he clears waivers--at least for the present moment:
At some point--again, when Smith and Ericsson are healthy--the Wings have to move a body off the roster (and the Free Press's Helene St. James, MLive's Ansar Khan, Pleiness and the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa all noted that Ericsson's LTIR status means that he cannot return until the Wings' November 15th game against Washington).
That player will probably be Tootoo (I believe he can be moved for 10 games or 30 days without being waived again), assuming he's not claimed or traded, and assuming that the team does not waive Patrick Eaves or Mikael Samuelsson (Samuelsson's no-trade clause means that he can submit a list of teams to which he will not accept a trade, and his over-35 status limits or eliminates his cap relief if assigned to the AHL, depending on how you read the CBA, but he *can be waived and demoted without consent*).
Just as importantly, for those of you keeping score at home, that whole having "24 men on the roster" thing means that the Red Wings would have to move two players, not one, to accommodate recalling Gustav Nyquist from "bodies on the team" as well as "cap" perspectives.
Here's what Babcock had to say to the media, per the Free Press's Helene St. James:
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