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.”

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