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Tootoo one step closer to buyout by Wings

DETROIT >> Jordin Tootoo, who has one left on a deal worth $1.9 million, cleared waivers on Thursday which will allow the team to use their final compliance buyout on the 31-year-old.

When he’s bought out Detroit will owe him two-thirds ($1.33 million) of his remaining deal spread out over the next two seasons.

His contract will no longer count against the salary cap.

“We don’t want to pay someone the kind of money he’s making to play in the American League,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said on Wednesday. “He doesn’t want to be in the American League. He wants another opportunity to be in the National Hockey League.

“After talking to Mike he thinks that with the development of our kids we are better served using them; and that they can bring certain things to the table so it all added up to doing this,” Holland continued. “I told Toots at the end of the year if we didn’t have a plan for him to be in Detroit next year that it would be in his best interest and ours to place him on waivers. This is step one.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock ‘didn’t see a fit in the lineup’ for Tootoo

DETROIT >> Midway through his three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings, it became quite clear that Jordin Tootoo’s services weren’t needed anymore.

On Wednesday, the team took the first step in parting ways with the physical veteran forward by placing him on waivers that’ll eventually lead to the Wings using their final compliance buyout on the 31-year-old.

“We signed him with the intention of him bringing some key ingredients to the lineup and that first year he did and helped us get into the playoffs,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview Wednesday. “When I went out last year and signed Daniel Alfredsson, (Todd) Bertuzzi was healthy and we had Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, eventually Mike Babcock didn’t see a fit in the lineup for him.”

Tootoo, who has one left on a deal worth $1.9 million, has until noon Thursday to clear. After he clears, which is very likely, the Wings will buy out the final year of his deal making Tootoo an unrestricted free agent.

“We don’t want to pay someone the kind of money he’s making to play in the American League,” Holland said. “He doesn’t want to be in the American League. He wants another opportunity to be in the National Hockey League.

“After talking to Mike he thinks with the development of our kids we’re better served that they can bring certain things to the table so it all added up to doing this,” Holland continued. “I told Toots at the end of the year if we didn’t have a plan for him to be in Detroit next year that it would be in his best interest and ours to place him on waivers. This is step one.”

When he’s bought out Detroit will owe him two-thirds ($1.33 million) of his remaining deal spread out over the next two seasons.

His contract will no longer count against the salary cap.

Holland said two weeks ago they would try and trade Tootoo at the entry draft, June 27-28 in Philadelphia, but calls for his services must have not come.

“I’ve been through a lot of shit over the years,” Tootoo said at training camp last season. “This is what makes you a stronger person, both on and off the ice. It’s about mentally being strong and having the will and courage to overcome hard times.”

Tootoo was a salary-cap and roster size casualty last season, along with Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton. He was assigned to Grand Rapids on Nov. 14.

He was recalled in March and played one more game in Detroit.

With the Griffins he had six goals, 12 assists and 104 penalty minutes in 51 games. He had appeared in one of their first round playoff games this season.

In two seasons with Detroit, Tootoo, who inked a three-year deal worth $5.7 million on July 1, 2012, played in 53 games with three goals and six assists and 83 penalty minutes.

His name was bantered about last offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

The Wings used the first of two cap compliance buyouts last season when they shed the contract of Carlo Colaiacovo, who had one year left on a $2.5 million a season deal.

Tootoo, who spent his first eight seasons in the league with the Predators, was brought in to provide an abrasive element to the fourth line, but found himself behind players like Luke Glendening last season.

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games two seasons ago. He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago.

In his only appearance in the playoffs he recorded the Wings’ first penalty of the series for a crosscheck that Anaheim promptly scored on just four seconds into the man advantage.

Despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season his first year in Detroit, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.

Tootoo placed on waivers; next step to Wings using final compliance buyout

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings took a step Wednesday afternoon that’ll lead up to the use of their final compliance buyout.

Jordin Tootoo, who has one left on a deal worth $1.9 million, was placed on unconditional waivers and had until noon Thursday to clear.

After he clears, which is very likely, the Wings will use their final compliance buyout that’ll make the 31-year-old forward an unrestricted free agent.

The move doesn’t come as a shock since Detroit general manager Ken Holland hinted this would happen during the team’s locker cleanout at the end of the season.

“Toots doesn’t want to be in the American (Hockey) League,” Holland said. “We don’t want him to be in the American Hockey League.”

When he’s bought out Detroit will owe him two-thirds ($1.33 million) of his remaining deal spread out over the next two seasons.

His contract will no longer count against the salary cap.

“I think at the end of the day, there was a little bit of interest in Toots prior to the trade deadline,” Holland said. “Toots has done everything we could have asked of him in the AHL. He hasn’t complained. He’s been a good foot solider.”

Holland said two weeks ago they would try and trade Tootoo at the entry draft, June 27-28 in Philadelphia, but calls for his services must have not come.

“I’ve been through a lot of shit over the years,” Tootoo said at training camp last season. “This is what makes you a stronger person, both on and off the ice. It’s about mentally being strong and having the will and courage to overcome hard times.”

Tootoo was a salary-cap and roster size casualty this season, along with Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton. He was assigned to Grand Rapids on Nov. 14.

He was recalled in March and played one more game in Detroit.

With the Griffins he has six goals, 12 assists and 104 penalty minutes in 51 games. He has appeared in one of their first round playoff games this season.

In two seasons with Detroit, Tootoo, who inked a three-year deal worth $5.7 million on July 1, 2012, has played in 53 games with three goals and six assists and 83 penalty minutes.

His name was bantered about last offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

The Wings used the first of two cap compliance buyouts last season when they shed the contract of Carlo Colaiacovo, who had one year left on a $2.5 million a season deal.

Tootoo, who spent his first eight seasons in the league with the Predators, was brought in to provide a physical and abrasive element to the fourth line.

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games two seasons ago. He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago.

In his only appearance in the playoffs he recorded the Wings’ first penalty of the series for a crosscheck that Anaheim promptly scored on just four seconds into the man advantage.

Despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season his first year in Detroit, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.

Tootoo a possible amnesty buyout for Wings … not Frazen

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings have one amnesty buyout left before it expires and they just may use it this offseason.

But it won’t be on the player many feel they should be using it for … Johan Franzen.

If they do intend to us it, that player most likely will be Jordin Tootoo.

“Toots doesn’t want to be in the American (Hockey) League,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during the Wings’ locker cleanout at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday. “We don’t want him to be in the American Hockey League.”

Holland said he has spoken with Tootoo’s agent, Kevin Epp, about that possibility.

“I think at the end of the day, there was a little bit of interest in Toots prior to the trade deadline,” Holland said. “Toots has done everything we could have asked of him in the AHL. He hasn’t complained. He’s been a good foot solider.”

Tootoo has one year left on a three-year deal worth $1.9 million. He would receive two-thirds of the deal (roughly $1.27 million) spread out over the next two seasons.

If the Wings choose that route to go with Tootoo they won’t suffer any cap penalties.

In two seasons with Detroit, Tootoo has played in 53 games with three goals and six assists and 83 penalty minutes.

He was assigned to Grand Rapids in mid-November after clearing waivers. He was recalled in March and played one more game in Detroit.

With the Griffins he has six goals and 12 assists in 51 games. He has appeared in one of their first round playoff games this season.

“I don’t know if we’re going to buy him out, but I don’t think it’s fair to Toots and from the business standpoint,” Holland said. “We don’t want Toots in the American Hockey League, so I’ve got to figure out a way to get Jordin Tootoo back to the National Hockey League.”

The Wings used the first of two cap compliance buyouts last season when they shed the contract of Carlo Colaiacovo, who had one year left on a $2.5 million a season deal.

As for Franzen, “I just think Mule, has been a streaky scorer,” Holland said. “When he gets into a groove, he rides the wave. When it’s not going in, it’s not going in. It’s a hard league to score in. You score 20-25 goals now, that’s a lot of goals. Other than superstars. We don’t have 60-goal scorers anymore. I don’t even know 50. Obviously (Alex) Ovechkin. What we need, we need six or seven or eight guys that score 25. Mule is a guy that has the potential to score 25.”

Bertuzzi added to list of injured players (lower body); Tootoo recalled from Grand Rapids

DETROIT >> The Detroit Red Wings are getting quite close to being able to dress a pretty good team from just their injured guys alone.

And they added another one to that roster Saturday, Todd Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi will miss Sunday’s game in Chicago with a lower-body injury. He’s listed as day-to-day.

“If they’re hurt, they’re hurt,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said after practice at Joe Louis Arena. “That’s why I don’t make those decisions. Getting ready for the summer isn’t a priority. We need guys back so I can we get them back.”

Detroit recalled Jordin Tootoo from Grand Rapids to replace Bertuzzi in the lineup.

“All I can say is we can use anyone available,” Babcock said.

Tootoo has played in 10 games this season with the Wings. He’s got no goals, one assist, a minus-5 and five penalty minutes. In 38 games with the Griffins, he’s got four goals, 10 assists and 74 penalty minutes. He’s also a minus-2.

Bertuzzi is the 10th player that’s injured on the Wings’ roster, joining the likes of Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Jonas Gustavsson (groin) Daren Helm (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

Datsyuk was shut down for three weeks at the trade deadline and Zetterberg won’t return in the regular season.

The Wings are second in the league in man games lost with 303, behind Pittsburgh (397), according to mangameslost.com.

Helm appeared to be the closest to returning, but suffered another setback Saturday.

“Helmer would have been back in a week ago if it was up to me,” Babcock said. “That’s why I’m not allowed to be involved in that. We have a guy with a broken foot, a broken rib, they’re not coming back. The head one, you never know. We thought (Johan Franzen) was coming back a bunch of times and he didn’t.”

Helm had planned to practice with the team Saturday, but left the ice before drills began.

“I was told he’d be ready to go,” Babcock said. “I don’t know what’s going on with him. There’s no sense getting ready for the summer, we’re playing now. We need guys back.”

Samuelsson ‘extremely’ disappointed he can’t get in Wings’ lineup

DETROIT — After playing 13 games in a row, Mikael Samuelsson has found himself watching in street clothes in six of the last eight games.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m disappointed I can’t be in the lineup.”

Samuelsson, who’s played in 21 games this season, has one goal and three assists. He’s also a minus-5.

“Score more,” Samuelsson said when asked what he needs to do to get back in the lineup. “It all goes hand-in-hand. It’s a matter of ice time, it’s a matter of confidence right now. That’s what I need most of all.”

The team even recalled Jordin Tootoo and inserted him into the lineup for two games, while Samuelsson, who’s averaging just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time a game, sat.

“You can say you’ve got to skate faster and battle harder, absolutely,” Samuelsson said. “I haven’t played my best hockey. It has its reasons, too, but I don’t want to comment on that. I just have to take it one day at a time.”

Samuelsson, who’s in the final year of a two-year deal that pays him $3 million a season, was injured nearly the entire 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.

“When you’re 35 and you’re sort of in the lineup, out of the lineup and when you do play, you don’t play a lot of minutes, the natural thing to happen is you lose your confidence and start to play a game that isn’t how you got here in the first place,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s a guy we brought back because he plays puck possession and we thought he could play the right point on the power play and chip in 15-20 goals. Last year he was hurt (basically) the entire year. In the meantime we signed Daniel Alfredsson, (Stephen) Weiss and (Tomas) Tatar is an NHL. We’re deeper, we have more NHL forward that last year so there’s more competition.”

Nyquist returns to lineup; Tootoo re-assigned to Grand Rapids

DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice prior to tonight’s game against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena.

Gustav Nyquist returns to the lineup after missing three games with a groin injury.

“I’ve had a few good skates over the last few days to try and get back to game pace,” Nyquist said. “Everything feels good.”

Nyquist will play on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi.

“It’s different being on a bike or in the weight room for sure,” Nyquist said. “You could kind of feel it at first because I was off the ice for four days. You’d lose your breath pretty quick. But again, I’ve had a few good skates here. I feel good right now. It’s going to be fun to play tonight.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal tonight.

Jakub Kindl and Mikael Samuelsson will be healthy scratches.

With Nyquist returning the Wings have re-assigned Jordin Tootoo back to Grand Rapids.

Tootoo played in just two games after being recalled last week, recording his first point of the season averaging roughly six minutes of ice time per game.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said that Stephen Weiss’ sport hernia surgery went well in Philadelphia.

“The doctors are calling it a core muscle injury,” Holland said. “I guess he had a fairly significant tear, but surgery went well. We had other players in the past here have that same surgery, (Kris) Draper had it and (Tomas) Holmstrom. They seemed to always come back in good shape.

“We’re not going to race him back for a game or two before the Olympic break,” Holland added.

The team decided to give Justin Abdelkader (concussion) a few more days of rest before his return to the lineup, which will take place Saturday at Florida.

Johan Franzen (concussion) skated a bit on his own the past two days.

“It appears to me he’d be questionable for Saturday,” Holland said of Franzen’s status. “Just based on he needs two or three practices and feel good after.

Jimmy Howard (knee) is still on track to possibly backing up Gustavsson on Dec. 28 and could get back between the pipes on Dec. 30.

Henrik Zetterberg (back) appears on track to return Saturday, but a final decision on that will come Friday.

There is no further update on when Darren Helm (shoulder) will return.

DeKeyser ready to return to lineup Saturday in Toronto; Gustavsson will start in goal against his former team

DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice before they head out to a game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Danny DeKeyser appears to be ready to return to the lineup after missing the last 15 games with an injured shoulder.

“I feel good,” DeKeyser said after practice. “I should be good to go. I’m excited. It’s been awhile since I’ve played, a little over a month, but it seems longer than that so I’m just ready to get back at it.”

DeKeyser has two goals and seven assists in 22 games this season.

“I’ve just got to get up to game speed,” DeKeyser said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve played so I’m going to do my best to play as well as I was playing when I got hurt so that’s what I’m going to try to do. Sitting around all the time makes it seem longer than a month that I’ve been out.”

All of the Wings’ injured players skated Friday, expect for Jimmy Howard (knee) and Johan Franzen (concussion).

“Dekeyser’s available tomorrow, we’ll see at the morning skate,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I mean I had 17 forwards on the ice the biggest group I’ve ever had since I’ve been here by far. That’s good and the other thing that’s important is you need competition for jobs. To be a real good team you need competition for jobs and then you got to get guys to embrace the internal competition that makes you a better player.”

As it looked in practice, Darren Helm (shoulder) appeared as if he was playing, skating on a line with Riley Sheahan and Daniel Alfredsson, but he said afterwards he didn’t think he was in.

“I’ve got no idea,” Babcock said when asked about the lineup he would go with against the Leafs. “The general manager and I will sit together on the plane after we talk to the medical people and we’ll do the math.”

Henrik Zetterberg (back) won’t play and if things remained the same from practice, Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Jakub Kindl will be healthy scratches.

However, Tootoo could remain in the lineup for Helm if he doesn’t go.

Gustav Nyquist (groin) skated for the first time since injuring his groin against Tampa Bay.

Jonas Gustavsson will indeed start in goal to face his former team.

“It’s exciting,” said Gustavsson, who spent three seasons in Toronto before signing with Detroit. “I know a lot of people there. It’s going to be fun to go back there.

“I spent my first few years over here, so it was a lot of learning,” Gustavsson continued. “Obviously, we didn’t make the playoffs. That was a disappointment. For myself, right away I got a chance to play a lot of games, get some experience. That was really good for me. I had some good stretches and not so good stretches. It was a learning period for me.”

Gustavsson is 9-3-2 this season with the Wings.

“He’s been really good for us, he’s had very few off nights or average nights to say the least,” Babcock said. “He’s been real competitive. His save percentage is good, he’s gotten confidence, he gives our team confidence, he’s done an excellent job for us so we’re thrilled with what he’s done and we’re not scared of Petr (Mrazek) one bit either but Gus has earned the right to play.”

He’s never faces a former team at any level of his playing career.

“He’s played very well for us, say what you want, but he’s been great,” Daniel Cleary said. “Even last night he made some big stops for us to keep the game tied. Good for him. He’s battled a lot of different things the last couple of years. It’ll be good. When you go play your old team you want to play well.”

Tootoo ready to show he belongs in Detroit; he’ll skate on a line with Bertuzzi and Sheahan

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo’s chance to remain in Detroit begins tonight against the Calgary Flames .

“You can’t take it as a negative,” Tootoo send about being placed on waivers by the Wings on Nov. 6 and then getting assigned to Grand Rapids after clearing. “For me personally I’ve been through a lot of crap throughout my career so this was just another bump in the road.

“Hopefully this time around I can really make a mark and solidify my spot on this team,” Tootoo added. “That being said, it’s got to be one shift at a time and one day at a time.”

Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids on Wednesday and will skate on a line with Todd Bertuzzi and Riley Sheahan.

“To win hockey games it’s got to take 20 guys in the dressing room,” Tootoo said. “For me it’s about creating emotion out there, energy and moving my feet. It’s not a lot to ask for, but when you play that role you have to use every shift to your full advantage and try and make a mark right off the bat.”

The Wings are winless in their last six, going 0-4-2.

“The first five minutes, first couple of shifts, for me will be key,” Tootoo said. “I need to keep my feet grounded and just get back in the swing of things.”

Tootoo, 30, was a salary-cap and roster size casualty, along with Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton. He was assigned to the Griffins on Nov. 14.

Tootoo played in 12 games with the Griffins, scoring a goal to go with three assists. He also had 23 penalty minutes.

“I love the game so much,” Tootoo said. “Coming to the rink every day for me is fun. When you have a job you can enjoy and wake up every morning and be around the boys it’s a lot of fun. That’s basically it. Self-pride, being committed and determined to do whatever it takes to win hockey games.”

Tootoo has played in eight games this season and has yet to record a point and is a minus-4. In 50 career games in Detroit he has three goals, five assists and 83 penalty minutes.

He has one more year left on a three-year deal that pays him $1.9 million a season.

Tootoo’s name was bantered about this offseason as possibly heading back to Nashville in a trade that would help Detroit free up cap space and trim its roster down.

Tootoo played in just one of the Wings’ 14 playoff games last season. He was also a healthy scratch in six of the final 23 games in the regular season a year ago, registering three goals, five assists and a team-high 78 penalties in 42 games in his first season in Detroit.

Despite it being a lockout-shortened 48-game regular season, Tootoo registered his highest total of fighting majors, eight, since totaling 10 in the 2008-09 season with Nashville.

Ins and outs … Tootoo returns from GR and will play Thursday

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids and will be in the lineup according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“Tootoo is playing (Thursday) because we’re trying to win a game and we think he’ll provide some energy and physicality,” Holland said in a text message.

He’ll likely take Mikael Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup. Samuelsson has been a healthy scratch in three of the past five games.

The Wings were still missing a number of injured players at practice: Gustav Nyquist (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), Jimmy Howard (knee), and Stephen Weiss (groin).

Daniel Alfredsson also missed practice, but will play Thursday.

“That’s what happens when you’re 41 or 42, you get some days off,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Darren Helm (shoulder) and Danny DeKeyser (shoudler) both took part in practice, but won’t play Thursday.