A few days ago, we talked about the possibility of the Detroit Red Wings using a compliance buyout on Jordin Tootoo and today the Detroit Red Wings placed the feisty winger on waivers in order to use a compliance buyout on him.
DET puts Jordin Tootoo on buyout waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 18, 2014
The Detroit Red Wings used their first compliance buyout on Carlo Colaiacovo last off-season and the compliance buyout that will be used on Jordin Tootoo will be their second and final one.
Jordin Tootoo signed a three-year 5.7 million dollar deal to bring added grit and a pesky attitude to the third or fourth lines, but unfortunately the addition did not work out for Tootoo or the Detroit Red Wings.
In his first season with Detroit, he was able to produce on the ice in limited minutes, but it did not take long for fans to realize that Mike Babcock did not trust Tootoo on the penalty kill or power play. This meant that most nights he only played five to ten minutes and made almost no impact on the game.
In this past season Tootoo only saw eleven games in Detroit before being placed on waivers and being sent to the Red Wings AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins.
When Tootoo was on the ice he showed his tenacity be fore-checking, back-checking, and hitting at full speed because he only has one gear. Tootoo was always willing to battle and stick up for his teammates with his body or his fists.
Tootoo went from being a fan favorite in Detroit to an after thought this season because of his demotion and the amount of young talent that made appearances with Detroit throughout the season.
Ultimately this is the best move for both Jordin Tootoo and the Detroit Red Wings because both parties believed that Tootoo was an NHL player and did not belong in the AHL.
Good luck, Jordin Tootoo and I hope you have a great season next year.