The Detroit Red Wings have been in the process of trying to trim their roster since the summer. The Wings have been able to avoid having to waive or trade anyone so far because of injuries up front, but now that players are coming back, it’s time for some kind of shake up.
The Red Wings have place Jordin Tootoo on waivers today. Tootoo signed a three year deal with the Wings last summer, and has a cap hit of $1.9 million.
Tootoo started his career in Nashville with the Predators before signing with the Wings. Tootoo has played in 50 games with the Detroit Red Wings over the last two seasons, he’s scored three goals, and has five assists. Tootoo’s job isn’t about scoring, but he has skated well in a few games this season, but with the over sized roster in Detroit, there’s not any room for a tough guy.
If Tootoo is able to clear waivers for the Wings he’ll head to Grand Rapids and the Wings will clear $925,000 in cap space, while being Detroit will be stuck with the remaining $975,000 to count against their cap.
Detroit needed the space to bring back an injured Jonathan Ericsson, who they desperately need back in their line up after getting shelled with 47 shots against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.