The Detroit Red Wings have waived Jordin Tootoo. The scrappy forward has been scratched in three of Detroit’s last four contests and just hasn’t had the kind of impact that the team had hoped for when they signed him as a free agent. If a team is looking to up its sandpaper quotient, they could certainly do worse than Tootoo.
Waivers: Amount Tootoo, Jordin DET Pinizzotto, Steven FLA
— Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) November 6, 2013
This is simply a depth move for Detroit, who have had a logjam at forward since they added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss as free agents while re-signing Dan Cleary at the last minute. With young forwards such as Tomas Tatar needing to remain in the NHL and guys like Gustav Nyquist pushing for playing time from the AHL, someone had to go.
It was just a matter of time.
The Wings have reportedly been shopping Tootoo for quite some time, but clearly couldn’t find any takers. His $1.9 million cap hit likely scared most teams off, as almost every contender is right up against the cap at this point. While no one was willing to give up an asset while taking on money at the same time, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any takers for Tootoo when he’s coming on for free.
The guy is an above-average depth forward and can radically impact the game with his cannonball mentality. He just didn’t fit in on a more skilled Detroit team.
Outside of whether or not someone will claim Tootoo, the biggest question mark is whether or not the Wings will finally be able to free Nyquist from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Detroit has needed more scoring badly throughout the course of the season, and that probably influenced this move as well.