April 1, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) takes a shot in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Red Wings' Compliance Buyout: Jordin Tootoo


The Detroit Red Wings used a compliance buyout on Carlo Colaiacovo last year, which means they have one more compliance buyout during the off-season. If they do not use their second compliance buyout this off-season, then they lose the buyout.

Jordin Tootoo

HEIGHT: 5′ 9″
WEIGHT: 199
SHOOTS: RIGHT
AGE: 31
CAP HIT: $1,900,000 / one year left
STATS: 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) / 5 PIM / 11 games played

Jordin Tootoo was a prime candidate for a compliance buyout last season and things have gone from bad to worse for the veteran forward.

Even though he was a healthy scratch quite often last year and only played in fourty-two games, it does not compare the disappointment this season was for Jordin Tootoo.

Tootoo spent the majority of the season in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins, while Tomas Jurco, Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening, Mitch Callahan, and Landon Ferraro were all brought up to the Detroit Red Wings during the season.

In Grand Rapids, Tootoo played in fifty-one games and only produced eighteen points. Tootoo played if four of ten Calder Cup playoffs games for Grand Rapids and was only able to tally one assist, while picking up twelve penalty minutes.

Tootoo is a little ball of hate, which come in handy on the fore-check and tiring out the defense and he gives everything he has on every shift, but it did not seem to be enough to keep him on the Detroit Red Wings this season.

Tootoo does not play on the power play or penalty kill, which is a must for third and fourth liners on the Red Wings. Not being able to play special teams limits his minutes and makes him expendable piece of the puzzle.

The Detroit Red Wings have said that Jordin Tootoo is an NHL player and neither Tootoo or the Wings want to see him in the AHL for an extended period of time, but there is no room for him with the Red Wings next season.

Between Stephen Weiss being healthy, Riley Sheahan, Luke Glendening, and Tomas Jurco NHLing themselves this past season, and Daniel Alfredsson possibly returning next season, it makes the possibility of Tootoo remaining with the Wings a long shot.

He could fit in as a thirteenth or fourteenth forward, but I do not think Tootoo or the Red Wings would be happy with that situation.

The Wings will probably try to trade him to another NHL team, but he is not worth much, if anything, but if they cannot he is the prime candidate for the Wings second compliance buyout.

Let us know how you feel about Jordin Tootoo.

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  • Guest

    Waist a compliance buyout on Tootoo with one year left at $1.9m? How about we use that compliance buyout on Weiss instead. What a waste of money that guy is going to be for the next 4 years.

  • Saucy Mitts

    Waste a compliance buyout on Tootoo with one year left at $1.9m? How about we use that compliance buyout on Weiss instead. What a waste of money that guy is going to be for the next 4 years.

    • Max Townsend

      Actualy that sounds pretty good.Holland mysel just sign Legwand to a deal.Have a funny feeling Weiss will not be ready for training camp this September.

      • Saucy Mitts

        Indeed. Weiss is injury prone, and I’m not sure why we let go of Filppula to sign Weiss for similar terms and cap hits. The experiment is over, and Weiss should be bought out. And I agree that Legwand should be resigned to another 1 or 2 year deal.

        • Max Townsend

          Yea im not too sure what the whole deal was with Fil.I think Holland offered him pretty much the same deal as the Lightning but I think Fil wanted out of Detroit I would say.But yea Legwand I hope we got enough room for him hes still a pretty solid centerman.Sign him to 2 years would be perfect.It be kind of a waste just to let em walk this summer.

        • Max Townsend

          Plus Legwand is reliable.He very rarely misses games due to injuries.If that’s one good thing this team needs im so tired of talking about that injury bug.Hopefuly Wings wont get injured near as much this season coming as they did this past season.

          • Saucy Mitts

            Sadly… This is the 4th year in a row that the injury bug has nailed us. Hopefully this season will be different having more of the kids playing full time.

    • Nate Manore

      Weiss isn’t eligible. You can’t buyout a contract signed after 9/15/12. Weiss was signed last June.

      • Max Townsend

        oh yea I guess that’s right to forgot about that.

      • Saucy Mitts

        Yeah. I actually forgot about that little detail too. lol

        Well shit… Then we’re stuck with Weiss.

  • Aron

    Use it on Howard instead, sign Miller and Gus, Miller is here for 1-2 years, then Gus takes over and Mrazek backs him up.

  • nikith ganan

    Use it on kindal it’s not like he is playing on the wings anyways. He is getting scratched every game. Give a prospect like Sproul a shot. Plus he is a 2.4 million hit to the cap for the next 3 years. Trade tootoo for a draft pick.