March 31, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Cory Emmerton (25) during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Expendables: Cory Emmerton

With the additions of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss through free agency, the return of injured players, and the promotion of player from the AHL the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to shed salary and create roster space.

Over the next week we will be profiling players who could be traded, placed of waivers, or sent to the AHL.

Cory Emmerton

HEIGHT: 6′ 0″
WEIGHT: 191
SHOOTS: LEFT
AGE: 25
CAP HIT: $533,333
STATS: 8 points (5 goals, 3 assist) / 48 games played

Why should the Red Wings keep Cory Emmerton?

He proved that he can be the Red Wings fourth line center during this past season.

During the series against the Chicago Blackhawks he consistently won face-offs in both zones.

One of the only players to play in all 48 regular season games.

The Red Wings are thin at the center position and is a solid 5th option if a player is hurt.

At a cap hit of only $533,333 he is very cheap to hold on to.

Why shouldn’t the Red Wings keep Cory Emmerton?

He is not an integral part of the Red Wings plans moving forward.

Is holding onto a valuable roster spot, which is holding back better players like Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist, and Joakim Andersson.

Darren Helm is healthy again, which means he will once again take over the third line center duties meaning Joakim Andersson can take over the fourth line.

Could be the easiest player for the Red Wings to move because he has a small cap hit and is still young.

Should he be a Red Wing at the being of the regular season?

Yes. Despite the fact that he is not an integral part of the team, he is still valuable to the Red Wings. He would be the 13th or 14th forward on the team, but if Helm’s back issues flared up again he would be back in the line-up quickly.

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