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Detroit waives Tootoo

Nov 6, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

After just 50 regular season and one playoff game, Jordin Tootoo might be done in Detroit.

The Red Wings placed Tootoo on waivers on Wednesday, according to The 30-year-old winger finds himself on the wire after appearing in just eight games this year, scoring no points while posting a minus-4 rating in 7:13 TOI per game.

“The situation here is we have too many right wingers,” Detroit head coach Mike Babcock explained. “We’re not giving him a fair opportunity. He’s done nothing wrong, he’s played hard, he’s been a good teammate.

“We’ll see what happens. If Toots can get himself a place to play where he plays every night, that would be fantastic.”

Tootoo played just 5:38 in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Jets, dropping the gloves with Chris Thorburn 16 seconds into the game:

The subject of trade rumors for months, Tootoo never found his niche in Detroit after signing a three-year, $5.7 million deal with the club on the opening day of free agency in 2012. Compounding matters was a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for all of the preseason and the early part of the regular season, as well as Detroit’s glut of forwards.

It’ll be interesting to see if anybody takes a flier on Tootoo and his $1.9 million cap hit (his deal has two years remaining). If he goes unclaimed, it’s likely Detroit will dispatch him to AHL Grand Rapids, which is big for the cap-strapped Wings as they’d free up $925,000 in space with Tootoo in the minors.

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    can’t believe his selfish need to stir it ip for his following throng helped jordin’s cause in peace loving detroit

    why get their blood up in winnipeg, better to let them sleep their way through another game…especially when your team is hitting the ice for the fourth time in six nights?

    bad judgement brings scenic winter bus travel through the northeast

    waaaay too much talent down on the farm to waste a roster spot on stupidity

  2. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Won’t be surprised if he’s picked up.

    He can be an effective player for the right team.

    In Detroit, he was not a good fit to their franchise.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      as much as I hate to say it, nor do I want it to happen….. Philly’s weak at RW. sigh. i bet it happens.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        oh just kidding, I think they’re bumping the cap even with the Pronger LTIR. whew, dodged a bullet.

      • newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Wouldn’t be surprised if Philly were to pick him up.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        wouldn’t be surprised either. they probably went to capgeek too. because the way they’re running the club, it looks like they have about the same amount of hockey knowledge as the rest of us.

  3. kingcobraman - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    excellent 4th liner but not at 1.9mill… I don’t see any takers at that price…

    • polegojim - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      I really like Tootoo and hope he gets another opportunity quickly.

  4. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Snider to Holmgren: “Get this guy’s agent on the line immediately.”

    • ibieiniid - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      they’ll end up trading off Voracek, Lecav, and Grossmann for Max Lapierre, two 362nd round picks, and to make cap room for Jordin Tootoo. Oh and Marty McSorely (sp) should be expecting a call.

  5. crazemastercraze - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Snider to Holmgren: “Get this guy’s agent on the line immediately.” “Then extend his contract for another six years with a full no trade clause and add another $4mil to his existing salary”

  6. rgotoguy - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Holmgren wouldn’t give Tootoo a raise and a no trade clause, Holmgren would give a no movement clause along with a bigger cap hit, that way once tootoo produces little to nothing he can’t be buried in the minors or waived to another team.

  7. 2dollarpbrs - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Does this mean Nyquist gets moved up from Grand Rapids???

    • polegojim - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Removing all sentimentality… that’s the REAL question!

      The answer is YES.

  8. jmcurran28 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Ken Holland was quoted already saying there’s “no chance” of bringing Nyquist up with this move. Still have Ericsson on IR to fill up the spot. We really shot ourselves in the foot, signing Sammy with his no trade clause.

    I wish Tootoo the best. He’s a solid human being.

  9. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Ppl used to give Holmgren so much crap for Shelley (justified), Talbot, andd the lack of drafting… where are the Zetterbergs and Datsyuks now? Just goes to show even the best GM mess about 50-60% of the time. The Wings have some young talent coming up but it’s time to admit that Holland isn’t what he used to be, tho that doesn’t mean ge can’t get back.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 6, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      I see thumbs down but where are the rebuttals?? This is a GM who drafted the likes of the Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, Ericsson, Howard, etc… the past few years just haven’t been the! Same and Holland hasn’t been the guru he was. I’m not saying he’s not a great GM, but his moves haven’t been magic like before. We’ll see if he can recapture the Midas touch- Otherwise, he’s just treading water right now… esp with the Tootoo move.

      • dtownbeatdown - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

        The young talent you speak of is still in Grand Rapids… you know where they won a calder cup last season… But Holland doesn’t have it? Last I checked we are still making the playoffs every year as we rebuild. Look at the prospects Holland has coming up… Nyquist, Tatar, Lashoff, Dekyser (even though he only played with them in the playoffs and is already an outstanding every day defensemen for us) And if you think Franzen was a solid pick you are mistaken… the guy shows up 50% of the time, doesnt use that large body, skates slow, and is weak on the puck. Would of much rather kept Hossa.

    • flash8910 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      It is ridiculous how right you are. I have a buddy who is a Wings fan, and we had this conversation last year. There are no star quality players drafted by the Wings in the last 10 years. Don’t get me wrong, there are productive players. There are players that are on the team right now. However, there have not been anyone close to what I would consider a star in the NHL.

      2013 – No players in NHL.
      2012 – No players in NHL.
      2011 – Xavier Ouellet 1 NHL game.
      2010 – Sheahan 2 games, Mrazek 3 games
      2009 – Tatar 35 games, Almquist 1 game
      2008 – McCollum 1 game, Nyquist 40 games 4-9-13
      2007 – Smith 59 games 1-15-16, Andersson 59 games 6-8-14
      2006 – Emmerton 125 games 20 points, Matthias 268 games 84 points (with Florida)
      2005 – Kindl 168 games 35 points, Abdelkader 273 games 66 points, Ritola 43 games 9 points, Helm 251 games 84 points.
      2004 – Frazen 526 games 311 points.

      Sorry Wings fan. These are the hard facts. There are some good players on the list, but I don’t see the next 1st line stud at this time.

      • dewman8810 - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:58 AM

        That’s what happens when you make the playoffs for over 20 years in a row. Also from the 2013 draft, you will soon see Anthony Mantha in a Wings uniform.

        When you tank for an eternity of seasons in a row like Colorado, Pittsburgh, or Chicago… then you will get a bunch of top 5 picks for multiple drafts in a row. That’s the easy way to build a contender. Just suck for a while, get some top draft picks and become contenders again. But, it could backfire like it has in Edmonton. Much more difficult to stay contenders for an extended length of time without any high draft picks or high profile trades and the Wings have done that.

        The difference between the Wings and other teams is that they don’t throw a bunch of 19 year olds out there and be content to lose for a few years. Very few players are ready for the NHL right out of the draft… and when you never have top 20 picks… you aren’t going to get those players.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        The Flyers have made the playoffs almost as long (yes they don’t have the Cups,thanks to Mgmt) but they’ve still drafted Giroux, Couturier, Gagne, Justin Williams, Dennis Seidenberg, Patrick Sharp, Steve Downie, Brian Boucher (almost carried us to a Cup), Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Luca Sbisa, and signed the likes of Matt Read and Bobrovsky, but they get not none of the credit of the almighty Holland. Holland has been living off Datsyuk and Zetterberg for too long.

  10. wingedwheeler - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    That’s really great…waive a guy who skates hard, plays with an edge, and puts out an effort and keep Cleary, Samuelson, and that jackass (not Mule) Franzen with his “lackofeffortitis” sickness,…All 3 are a waste of a sweater….

    • dewman8810 - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:08 AM

      Can’t say that Cleary doesn’t work hard. His issue is that his legs are just done. So, yes he is a waste of a sweater… but not because he doesn’t put in the effort.

  11. slysipops - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    there should be several teams intrested in TOOTOO . he has a lot of grit and gets the job done ! might be a good choice for FLORIDA ?

  12. dewman8810 - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Samuelsson is a right winger. I’d take Tootoo over Samuelsson in a heartbeat. Less money and WAY more energy. Cleary plays with grit and effort, but he’s done. He can’t keep up anymore. If Holland wants to prove himself again to us, then he needs to stop keeping these guys around. Patrick Eaves and Jordin Tootoo are much better options at this point. So are others in the minors. Nyquist, Glendening, and a few others. I get why Samuelsson was signed a year ago… because they needed depth players. But the stupid part was the terms of the deal. The no movement clause, contract length, and the cap hit. The Kyle Quincey for a 1st rounder was terrible, it was made when they didn’t even need defensemen. Then the Cleary signing just made absolutely no sense. I get the loyalty issue, but they already had a huge glut of forwards… all of which are better options than Cleary. EVEN IF Helm and Bertuzzi were not healthy.

    Unless they are fine with getting every bit of offense from Pav, Hank, and Bert’s line… they better start unloading the dead weight.

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