Dave Reginek/Getty Images
This is a difficult move to make, a move that many would argue isn't the right call.
But Mikael Samuelsson (who is making $3 million a year per CapGeek) isn't fitting into the Red Wings lineup right now.
Don't be mistaken, he has one goal on one shot in the two games he's played. But between those two games, he has played just 18:05 of total ice time or 9:02 per contest.
For a guy making $3 million that is playing that kind of ice time, it just doesn't make sense to keep him on with the Red Wings.
Samuelsson does have the hard, right-handed shot that the Red Wings need in their lineup. But with just one shot in those two games, Samuelsson has already been the odd man out once this season.
CapGeek shows Samuelsson as having a no-trade clause in his contract. His contract is also a "35-plus" contract, meaning the Red Wings get minimal—only $100,000 per CapGeek—contract relief if he goes to the minors.
Nevertheless, there is the off chance that Samuelsson is claimed on waivers, meaning the Red Wings wouldn't be responsible for his cap hit anymore.
This is a chance Detroit can afford to take as they don't necessarily need the cap relief from Samuelsson's contract as much as the roster spot.
The cap relief could also come in the form of Daniel Alfredsson's performance bonus being rolled over to next season's salary cap, per CapGeek. CapGeek tweeted that Alfredsson would make $2 million for appearing in just 10 games this season.