Emmerton clears waivers and heading back to GR

Cory Emmerton cleared waivers on Sunday and will be sent back to Grand Rapids.

It’s the second time this season Emmerton has been placed on waivers.

“You know, everyone knows what’s going on here,” Emmerton said when he was placed on waivers the first time and wound up staying with the team after Patrick Eaves was placed on injured reserve. “There’s too many players, no cap space, so something’s got to give.”

Emmerton injured his right pinky on Jan. 18 in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.

He hasn’t played since the injury.

Emmerton, who’s salary cap hit is $533,333, has no goals and two assists in 11 games this season in Detroit.

“He’s a good penalty kill, he skates good and he’s getting better,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s still in the growth point of this career. He’s going to be better this year because he’s a lot stronger than he was last year.”

Emmerton, who was taken 41st overall in the 2006 draft, has 12 goals and nine assists in 132 games in parts of three seasons with the Wings.

“I just want to play hockey,” Emmerton said. “That’s the only mindset that I have. I’ve done everything that I could to improve myself, to become a better player and more useful. The rest of it will take care of itself as long as you can do what you can do personally. Stuff has a way of figuring itself out and that’s all you can hope for.”

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