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by Paul on 09/29/13 at 01:31 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
If Emmerton clears at noon on Monday, he will be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Either way, the move opens a roster spot and shaves $533,000 off the cap.
General manager Ken Holland said center Darren Helm (back) will be placed on long-term injured reserve on Monday. That clears another roster spot and gives the club $2.125 million in cap relief.
The Red Wings currently have 26 players and are approximately $2.4 million over the cap. They have until 3 p.m. Monday to reduce their roster to 23 players.
Right wing Patrick Eaves (sprained MCL and ankle) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson (groin) will start the season on injured reserve. The club will determine on Monday whether it's long-term or short-term.
Clubs receive cap relief if a player goes on long-term IR (minimum 10 games and 24 days). Short-term IR (minimum seven days) does not provide cap relief, it only creates a roster spot.
If Eaves and Gustavsson both go on short-term IR, the Red Wings will need to make another move to clear some salary because Gustavsson's $1.5 million will still be on the cap, along with his replacement, Petr Mrazek's $790,000 salary.
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