The Detroit Red Wings have placed Jordin Tootoo on unconditional waivers today in anticipation of using the teams last compliance buyout.
This will be the Red Wings second and final compliance buyout. Tootoo played the majority of the 2013-14 campaign with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Tootoo currently has one year, $2 million remaining on his contract. The Red Wings were unable to trade him and have now decided this is the route to go. Tootoo will receive $1.33 million over the next two seasons upon being bought out and will become an unrestricted free agent.
Rumors have spreading in the past few months since general manager Ken Holland made a statement in April that a buyout was a definite option. It’s no surprise that the decision was finally made.
Tootoo was originally signed to a three-year, $5.7 million contract during the summer of 2012. Expected to bring some physicality to the roster, the need for such players didn’t seem to be as necessary as other skills such as speed and penalty killing.
Tootoo played in 42 games during the shortened 2012-13 season and had three goals and five assists along with 78 penalty minutes. During last season, Tootoo only played in 11 games and scored zero goals and only had one assist. He was moved to the Griffins where he played 51 games and had six goals and 12 assists.
Prior to playing with the Red Wings, Tootoo spent his first eight NHL years with the Nashville Predators.
The Red Wings used their first compliance buyout on Carlo Colaiacovo last season.