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Lashoff determined to go from seventh on blue line to top six

TRAVERSE CITY – As crowded as the Wings are at forward, the line to get playing time on the blue line isn’t, but there is a pecking order and one defenseman wants to go from seventh on the six-man depth chart to getting into games.

“This year I’m determined to get in the lineup,” Brian Lashoff said. “That’s my main goal. I want to have a good camp and show them that I can play in this league. That’s been my goal since I’ve got there.”

Lashoff, 23, was supposed to spend the entire season in Grand Rapids year, but when the blue line got decimated with injuries – Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl, Carlo Colaiacovo, Ian White and Brendan Smith – he was recalled from the Griffins on Jan. 21.

“Going into last season I wanted to be that guy that was the first call up and I wanted to be that guy when needed,” Lashoff said. “I think when they had me there it was a huge confidence booster and it showed I was close to being able to play. I wanted to show them I was ready when needed to be called on.”

Lashoff scored a goal in his NHL debut against Columbus and was a regular in the lineup up, but after Detroit won the sweepstakes for Danny DeKeyser he soon fell out of favor and became a healthy scratch.

Lashoff sat the final 11 games of the regular season.

“I think it’s nice to be there, but I want to be in the lineup,” Lahoff said. “That’s how I want it to be from the start. I want to play. It’s good competition for the guys. There is a lot of young D and we’ve known each other for a long time. That’s good for the team. Whether I’m in that position I’ll be ready for any opportunity I’m given.”

Lashoff did return in the playoffs when DeKeyser broke his finger, but that lasted all of three games before he was replaced by Colaiacovo.

“I missed about a month where I wasn’t playing,” Lashoff said. “I was just sitting and practicing. I tried my best to stay ready and be ready for an opportunity that I was giving. It was tough not playing, you always want to play, but at the same time I was in the NHL and that’s where I want to be. And that’s where I want to practice to get better.”

Because of Lashoff’s play the team rewarded him three-year extension worth $725,000 a season.

“We like him,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s rangy. He’s 6-foot-2, he competes hard. He’s got the ability to make good outlet passes. This deal gives him some security and us a young defensemen locked up for three years that we feel is only going to get better.”

Lashoff was in the final year of a deal worth $524,000 and was set to become a restricted free agent in July.

“It was a great year,” said Lashoff, who helped Grand Rapids win the Calder Cup after the Wings’ season was over. “It was learning experience as well as me being able to take advantage of an opportunity that was there. I learned a lot. I had my ups and downs, but overall I learned a lot and how to play in this league. It’s tough, but I think I learned as the season went on. I’ve got good guys to learn from as well.”

Lashoff, who was undrafted and played his way onto the 2010 USA World Junior team that won a gold medal, feels he needs to improve on his foot speed and making a goof first pass out of the zone.

“The game’s fast,” he said. “You want to play as little defense as possible. That’s something I learned from playing with (Niklas) Kronwall. He can get the puck moving out our own zone and get the puck in the offense and so we’re not playing in our own zone as often.”

As expected, Colaiacovo clears waivers and will be bought out by Wings

DETROIT – Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo cleared unconditional waivers and the final year of his contract will be bought out by the Wings.

The moves sheds $2.5 million off Detroit’s salary cap for next season.

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer.

They would be able to buy out a player at two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

Colaiacovo’s actual salary is $2.85 million next season, which means the Wings will pay him roughly $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

Colaiacovo, 30, was not the top-tier defenseman the Wings were looking for last offseason, but was the best option left on free-agent market.

The Wings were in need of a top four defenseman last offseason after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) this offseason.

And the biggest concern when he signed was his health and that surfaced again this year.

Colaiacovo, who has yet to play more than 67 games in any season, played in just six regular season games after suffering a sprained left shoulder in just the second game of the lockout shortened season.

He wound up playing just six games during the regular season, recording an assist and was a minus-4.

Wings have interest in upgrading blue line with the likes of Ference or Zidlicky

DETROIT – The Wings are also possibly looking into bolstering up the blue line.

Two names they appear to have interest in are Andrew Ference and Marek Zidlicky.

Ference, 34, would slot right in and would provide a veteran presence along the Wings’ youthful blue line.

He made $2.25 million last season and may cost the Wings a year-deal at $3.5 million to obtain his services.

Zidlicky, 36, may bit a bit costlier since he’s coming off a deal that paid him $4 million last season in New Jersey. He could be looking for a two- or three-year deal at $4 to $4.5 million to sign.

His point-per-game average has been on a decline and his play in the defensive zone has made him a liability.

On Wednesday, Detroit placed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract.

Colaiacovo, who was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has one year left on a two-year deal he signed last offseason.

If he clears at noon Thursday, the Wings will use one of their two amnesty buyouts to shed his $2.5 million salary-cap hit next season.

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer.

They would be able to buy out a player at two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

Colaiacovo’s actual salary is $2.85 million next season, which means the Wings will pay him roughly $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

Detroit currently has six defensemen under contract for next season – Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Jakub Kindl, Danny DeKeyser and Brian Lashoff.

Brendan Smith is a restricted free agent and will get a deal done bringing the total to seven on the blue line heading to training camp.

Detroit just re-signed Kindl, who was a restricted free agent, to a four-year extension worth $9.6 million.

The Wings also have a number of defensemen coming up through the ranks, including Ryan Sproul, Xavier Oullette and Mattias Backman.

Carlo Colaiacovo dropped on Wings’ depth chart and therefore was “expendable”

DETROIT – Carlo Colaiacovo simply got caught up in a numbers game.

The Detroit Red Wings placed the defenseman on unconditional waivers Wednesday with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract.

“When we signed him last September, there was no Danny DeKeyser, we weren’t sure on Jakub Kindl and we didn’t know where Brian Lashoff was,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a phone interview.

Colaiacovo, who was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has one year left on a two-year deal he signed last offseason.

If he clears at noon Thursday, the Wings will use one of their two amnesty buyouts to shed his $2.5 million salary-cap hit next season.

“So know we’re at the end of the year and we’ve got Lashoff in the seven hole, he’s a young kid, and we’re trying to go ahead with some kids,” Holland said. “DeKeyser is ahead of (Colaiacovo), Kindl is ahead of him so he’s expendable.”

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer.

They would be able to buy out a player at two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

Colaiacovo’s actual salary is $2.85 million next season, which means the Wings will pay him roughly $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

Colaiacovo, 30, was not the top-tier defenseman the Wings were looking for last offseason, but was the best option left on free-agent market.

The Wings were in need of a top four defenseman last offseason after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) this offseason.

And the biggest concern when he signed was his health and that surfaced again this year.

Colaiacovo, who has yet to play more than 67 games in any season, played in just six regular season games after suffering a sprained left shoulder in just the second game of the lockout shortened season.

He wound up playing just six games during the regular season, recording an assist and was a minus-4.

His game seemed to pick up in the playoffs when he replaced Lashoff on the blue line, appearing in nine games. He had an assist and was a plus-3.

Detroit just re-signed restricted free agent Jakub Kindl to a four-year extension worth $9.6 million.

Kindl, 26, had four goals and nine assists in 41 games last season and was a plus-15, second only to Pavel Datsyuk (plus-21) on the team.

But in the end it was the emergence of DeKeyser and Lashoff that made Colaiacovo the odd-man out.

“Kindl got an opportunity to play and we thought he had a good season,” Holland said. “He’s 26 years of age. He had 13 points over a half season, he can play on the second power play and ultimately down the stretch and into the playoffs Kindl was in the lineup every night and Colaiacovo wasn’t.

“Lashoff got an opportunity to play, he’s 22 years of age, he played 25 straight games,” Holland added. “He’s a young player. There are some areas of his game that need to improve. He’s 6-foot-3, he played regular, he helped lead Grand Rapids to a championship and we signed him to a three-year deal at $750,000 a year. He’s a young player with a good contract.”

Detroit currently has six defensemen under contract for next season.

Brendan Smith is a restricted free agent and will get a deal done bringing the total to seven on the blue line heading to training camp.

With the buyout the Wings are in need of a veteran for Grand Rapids for insurance or they could try and swing a trade for a top four defenseman.

The Wings also have a number of defensemen coming up through the ranks, including Ryan Sproul, Xavier Oullette and Mattias Backman.

It’s official, Carlo Colaiacovo placed on unconditional waivers by Wings to buy out final year of his contract

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have placed defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo on unconditional waivers with the intention to buy out the final year of his contract.

This move was confirmed by a league source Tuesday night.

Colaiacovo has one year left on a two-year deal he signed last offseason.

If he clears at noon Thursday, the Wings will use one of their two amnesty buyouts to shed his $2.5 million salary-cap hit next season.

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer.

They would be able to buy out a player at two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

Colaiacovo’s actual salary is $2.85 million next season, which means the Wings will pay him roughly $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

With the buyout of Colaiacovo the Wings are in need of a veteran for Grand Rapids for insurance or they could try and swing a trade for a top four defenseman.

The move could also be to clear space so they can pursue Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.

At the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, Detroit was among several teams to make a pitch to the Canucks for Edler.

The Canucks didn’t deal Edler and on July 1 he had a no-trade clause kick in.

Edler, 27, begins a new six-year deal at a $5 million salary-cap hit a season.

The Wings were in need of a top four defenseman last offseason after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) this offseason.

Detroit currently has six defensemen under contract for next season.

Brendan Smith is a restricted free agent and will get a deal done bringing the total to seven on the blue line heading to training camp.

The Wings have a number of defensemen coming up through the ranks, including Ryan Sproul, Xavier Oullette and Mattias Backman.

Detroit just re-signed restricted free agent Jakub Kindl to a four-year extension worth $9.6 million.

Kindl, 26, had four goals and nine assists in 41 games last season and was a plus-15, second only to Pavel Datsyuk (plus-21) on the team.

Kindl got a considerable raise after making $1.05 million last season. His average salary over the next four seasons is $2.4 million.

Colaiacovo, 30, was not the top-tier defenseman the Wings were looking for last offseason, but was the best option left on free-agent market.

The biggest concern was his health and that surfaced again this year.

Colaiacovo played in just six regular season games after suffering a sprained left shoulder in just the second game of the lockout shortened season.

He wound up playing just six games during the regular season, recording an assist and was a minus-4.

His game seemed to pick up in the playoffs when he replaced Brian Lashoff on the blue line, appearing in nine games. He had an assist and was a plus-3.

He has yet to play more than 67 games in any season.

Colaiacovo, who was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has some offensive ability and is a good puck mover.

Carlo Colaiacovo will be placed on unconditional waivers at noon Wednesday with the Wings intending to buy out the final year of his contract

DETROIT – A league source has confirmed that defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo will be placed on unconditional waivers at noon Wednesday with the Wings intending to buy out the final year of his contract.

Colaiacovo has one year left on a two-year deal he signed last offseason.

The move clears $2.5 million in salary-cap space next season.

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer.

They would be able to buy out a player at two-thirds of the remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

Colaiacovo’s actual salary is $2.85 million next season, which means the Wings will pay him roughly $1.9 million over the next two seasons.

The team also does not intend to buy out Todd Bertuzzi, who has a one year left on a deal with a cap hit of $2.075 million.

As for Mikael Samuelsson, he’s not eligible to be bought out because of his injured pectoral muscle. If the Wings deemed him healthy, Samuelsson, who will make $3 million in the final year of his deal, could dispute it.

With the buyout of Colaiacovo the Wings are in need of a veteran for Grand Rapids for insurance or they could try and swing a trade for a top four defenseman.

The move could also be to clear space so they can pursue Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler.

At the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, Detroit was among several teams to make a pitch to the Canucks for Edler.

The Canucks didn’t deal Edler and on July 1 he had a no-trade clause kick in.

Edler, 27, begins a new six-year deal at a $5 million salary-cap hit a season.

The Wings were in need of a top four defenseman last offseason after losing Nicklas Lidstrom (retirement) and Brad Stuart (trade) this offseason.

Detroit currently has six defensemen under contract for next season.

Brendan Smith is a restricted free agent and will get a deal done bringing the total to seven on the blue line heading to training camp.

The Wings have a number of defensemen coming up through the ranks, including Ryan Sproul, Xavier Oullette and Mattias Backman.

Detroit just re-signed restricted free agent Jakub Kindl to a four-year extension worth $9.6 million.

Kindl, 26, had four goals and nine assists in 41 games last season and was a plus-15, second only to Pavel Datsyuk (plus-21) on the team.

Kindl got a considerable raise after making $1.05 million last season. His average salary over the next four seasons is $2.4 million.

Colaiacovo, 30, was not the top-tier defenseman the Wings were looking for last offseason, but was the best option left on free-agent market.

The biggest concern was his health and that surfaced again this year.

Colaiacovo played in just six regular season games after suffering a sprained left shoulder in just the second game of the lockout shortened season.

He wound up playing just six games during the regular season, recording an assist and was a minus-4.

His game seemed to pick up in the playoffs when he replaced Brian Lashoff on the blue line, appearing in nine games. He had an assist and was a plus-3.

He has yet to play more than 67 games in any season.

Colaiacovo, who was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has some offensive ability and is a good puck mover.

Wings look at possible trades and buyouts

DETROIT – With the Wings’ roster crowded on the blue line and up front, some possible moves to adjust those numbers could be coming soon.

According to a source, Detroit may look to deal defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and forward Jordin Tootoo.

The team would still like to re-sign unrestricted free agent Valtteri Filppula, who could hit the open market once free agency starts on July 5 if he doesn’t get a new deal with the Wings.

Filppula made $3 million last season and is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal in excess of over $5 million.

If they can’t do that they will try and trade his rights and use the money they had earmarked for him to sign a second-line center once free agency opens.

The team will begin pursuing deals at Sunday’s NHL Entry Draft in New Jersey.

Detroit currently has six defensemen under contract for next season – Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Danny DeKeyser, Brian Lashoff and Colaiacovo.

Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl are both restricted free agents and will be re-signed.

Tootoo may just run into a numbers crunch up front, where there just isn’t a lot of room since the team would like to keep their younger players, who would need to clear waivers to be sent to the minors, whom emerged in the playoffs.

Tootoo has two years left on a deal is signed last offseason at $1.9 million a season.

Fourth-line center Cory Emmerton may also be available.

After signing Drew Miller to a new deal this offseason, the Wings have 12 forwards under contract for next season. Two others – Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist – are restricted and will be back with the team.

The team has made qualifying offers to Andersson, Nyquist, Smith and Kindl.

There are also two other unrestricted free agent forwards – Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner – the team will more than likely wait until after free agency opens to sign, if they do at all, so their money and rosters spots are tied up.

The amount and length of contract will dictate who comes back and who doesn’t.

However, three of the forwards – Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson – under contract for next season battled through serious injuries last year and there is still some concern if they’ll be able to return.

The Wings would prefer not offer buyouts to anyone on their roster, but if it comes to that to clear a roster stop then they will look into that as an option.

Teams are permitted two amnesty buyouts that can be used this summer or next summer. They would be able to buyout a player at two-thirds of their remaining value of the contract and not have any of the salary count against the salary cap.

The buyout period begins 48 hours after the last game of the Stanley Cup finals and ends at 5 p.m. on July 4.

Samuelsson, who has one year left at $3 million on his deal, could be a candidate to be bought out, but since he never returned to play in the playoffs due to an injury it could be a dicey situation where his agent might not accept it based on those grounds.

He has been cleared to return from the strained pectoral muscle injury that finished his postseason.