What a whirlwind this week has been for Cory Emmerton already.

The forward was put on waivers by the Red Wings Sunday. No team claimed him and so he thought he was headed to the minor leagues. But he wound up staying with the Red Wings when forward Patrick Eaves was placed on the long-term injured-list.

Tuesday morning Emmerton found himself centering Mikael Samuelsson and Drew Miller on the fourth line as the Wings prepared for Wednesday season-opener against Buffalo at Joe Louis Arena.

"Probably the most eventful uneventful 36 hours ever" said Emmerton of the experience. "To end up here it seemed like a lot was going on but there was nothing really. It was obviously pretty stressful but you become stronger as a person and player by going through something like that."

The Red Wings had been over the salary cap throughout the exhibition season and they also had been carrying too many forwards.

With forward Darren Helm (back) on the long-term injured list -- he’s one of the Red Wings’ natural centers -- it appeared Emmerton was safe with regard to a roster spot.

"Everyone knew what was going on; there's too many players and no cap space -- something had to give" Emmerton said. "Maybe it was a little surprising just for the fact we're already down a centerman. I couldn't have told you either way if it was expecting it or not."

Once Emmerton cleared waivers he was glad to be returning to the Red Wings.

"They made it pretty clear to me they really wanted me to clear and stay here and be part of this" Emmerton said.