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Report: Wings open to dealing Filppula, Tootoo

Jun 25, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

Ken Holland

The Red Wings have a number of questions at the forward position.

Over the next six days, they’ll look to answer them.

Detroit will look to trade one of its surplus forwards — rumored to be Jordin Tootoo — leading up to or at the NHL Entry Draft, according to

Failing that, the Wings will make a decision on Monday, the day after the draft, to possibly use a compliance buyout.  The the leading candidates are believed to be Mikael Samuelsson (one year remaining, $3 million) or Carlo Colaiacovo (one year remaining, $2.5 million).

It’s thought Tootoo could also be bought out. He has two years remaining on his deal (at $1.9 million per) and fell out of Mike Babcock’s favor midway through the season — Tootoo was a frequent healthy scratch down the stretch, and only appeared in one playoff game.

The club will also explore the option of trading Valtteri Filppula‘s negotiating rights should the two sides fail to reach an agreement on a new deal.

Filppula, 29, is in the final year of a five-year, $15 million deal and is rumored to be seeking a new long-term contract worth more than $5 million annually.

Detroit is reportedly not willing to commit that kind of term or money to the Finnish forward.

All told, the Wings currently have 14 forwards under contract and are talking about deals for Filppula, Dan Cleary and Damien Brunner.

As such, it’s also believed Cory Emmerton could be made available in a trade as well.

  1. elvispocomo - Jun 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Isn’t there a minimum contract amount for buyouts? I thought it was somewhere around $2.75-3M and that anything below that wouldn’t qualify for a buyout.

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I’m extremely interested to see what Brunner gets, i want him in Detroit badly, though.

    I like Tootoo but i understand why they’d trade him, Emmerton can go and i’d be ok with it

    Also, Colaiacovo played reasonably well in the playoffs, i wouldn’t buy him out just yet

  3. redgreentape - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Hope they keep Brunner. fippula can go. Every year they said he needs to step up, he never has. He not the guy you want when your down a goal with 5 mins left in a game.

  4. ray2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I thought Tootoo was a great bottom six player in Nashville. What was the problem the Red Wings had with him?

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Babcock didn’t like him. Haven’t seen any other reason. I loved his energy and he has good speed. I was excited thinking about him playing on a line with Helm.

      • ray2013 - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I guess that’s as good a reason as any. He’s a good skater, provides good energy and he’s got a reasonable contract. Good for whoever picks him up.

  5. clefty1 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I would buy out Bert and Sammy. Bert has had surgery on his back and he is having problems with it again. I think it is time for Filppula to move on, he has had enough of a chance to get better and he has not done it.

  6. mblue24 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    The Wings will get it right and make a strong comeback next year.

  7. hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Trade Filpula’s rights. He’s never gotten to that next level. Plus, Brunner is a better scorer anyway.

    If Tootoo is going to be in Babcock’s doghouse anyway, might as well trade him.

    Colaiacovo can be a 6th or 7th d-man, if only he was getting paid half as much.

    Samuelsson is too old and slow. Same with Bert, though at least he has size and grit.

    I’m not sure about Cleary. He seems to be getting worn out with age, but then again he did turn it on in the playoffs.

  8. beergold - Jun 27, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Tootoo would be a welcome backbone to a currently spineless Leaf team!

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