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Red Wings' Darren McCarty on waivers

Detroit Red Wings Darren McCarty and teammates swarm Jiri Hudler after the game wining goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period of game four of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on May 31, 2008. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter)
Detroit Red Wings Darren McCarty and teammates swarm Jiri Hudler after the game wining goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period of game four of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh on May 31, 2008. (UPI Photo/Archie Carpenter) | License Photo

DETROIT, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Hockey player Darren McCarty will stay and play with the Red Wings if no other NHL team claims him Tuesday, the team's general manager said.

McCarty, who is back practicing after healing from a groin injury, was put on waivers Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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McCarty's waiver gives the Red Wings flexibility with the salary cap, said team general manager Ken Holland, noting McCarty could play Wednesday for the Red Wings if not claimed.

"If he's claimed, I'm happy for him -- it means another NHL team is going to keep him and pay him major league money," Holland said.

McCarty, 36, was signed just before the season to a one-year contract worth $575,000. He played for the Red Wings in 1993-2004 before spending two seasons with Calgary. After being out of the NHL most of last season, he was signed by the Wings in March, playing three games in the regular season and 17 in the playoffs, the Free Press reported.

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