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by Paul on 09/16/13 at 11:30 AM ET
The Ansar Khan feature, "Ask Ansar" at Mlive,
Q. Besides (Mikael) Samuelsson, which other forward will be let go?
A. I don't think Samuelsson is going anywhere. He has a no-trade clause and would be difficult to move even if he agreed to waive it due to his salary, age and injury-plagued 2013 season. Teams can't bury veteran players in the minors under the new CBA. In Samuelsson's case, $2.9 million of his $3 million salary would still count against the cap. They would clear a roster spot but would be paying him a lot of money (almost all of which would remain on their cap) for playing in the minors.
Q. The Red Wings need to trim some salary and at least a few bodies before the start of the regular season. We've been debating how they are going to do this since the start of free agency. So what is the smartest way for the Wings to deal with this problem? I don't see any of the waiver eligible players going to the Griffins, So whose days are numbered in Red and White before Oct. 1, 2013?
A. In summary, Helm sure to start on injured reserve and, in my opinion, Nyquist will start in Grand Rapids and either Tootoo or Eaves will be traded or waived.
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