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Red Wings' Kindl clears waivers

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Jakub Kindl
Defense  - DET
Goals: 2 | Assists: 3 | Pts: 5
Shots: 34 | +/-: 1
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Veteran defenseman Jakub Kindl cleared waivers today.

According to published reports, the Red Wings need to make another roster move before they can activate defenseman Kyle Quincey.

The Wings waived Kindl on Saturday in hopes of clearing enough space under the salary cap to trigger Quincey’s return. Kindl wasn’t claimed by the 12 p.m. EDT deadline today, which means he can now be assigned to the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids.

However, sending Kindl down only clears $950,000 of his $2.4 million cap hit, not enough to for Quincey to be activated.

Some reports suggest the Wings still need to clear approximately $1 million, unless of course, someone is injured tonight in Anaheim, where the Red Wings will face-off against the Ducks at Honda Center.

Detroit could chose to send down defenseman Alexey Marchenko, though his salary – which lists at $666,667 – it’s enough either.

The best-case scenario for both parties would have been for Kindl to be claimed. It would have cleared his $2.4 million salary, doing the trick for the Wings, and he would have gotten a fresh start with another NHL club.

But his hefty salary hit is likely why Kindl, who has one year remaining on a four-year contract, wasn’t claimed.

He has played in 23 games this season, collecting two goals and three assists. His plus-3 rating in overtime leads the Wings this season.

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