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