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Khan, Pleiness: Red Wings may move Tootoo, Emmerton, Colaiacovo; free agency situations updated

Both the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and MLive's Ansar Khan report that the Red Wings plan on making some roster moves at the draft, and if they are unable to move bodies, they may use cap-compliance buy-outs to shake off their roster crunch up front and make some room on the 50-man roster for free agents. Khan starts us off by stating that the team will withhold its cap compliance buy-outs until next week, and then he tosses some surprising names into the trade mix:

They will try to alleviate this logjam by trading somebody this weekend. Scrappy Jordin Tootoo is available, according to a source, and chances are, so is fourth-line center Cory Emmerton.

Tootoo was a frequent healthy scratch the second half of the season and appeared in only one playoff game. He has two years remaining at $1.9 million per season. Emmerton's spot likely will be assumed by Joakim Andersson, assuming Darren Helm is healthy next season and returns to his third-line center slot.

If the Red Wings use one or both of their buyouts, the most likely candidates are forward Mikael Samuelsson and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

Good news-bad news on Samuelsson...

Samuelsson has been declared healthy after finishing the postseason on the shelf with a strained pectoral muscle, one of several injuries that limited him to just four games in the regular season and five in the playoffs. But, there is a chance that Samuelsson and his agent could dispute the club's assertion that he is healthy (injured players can't be bought out). He has one year remaining at $3 million.

And I would hope that the Wings can move Colaiacovo:

The Red Wings will see if there is any interest in Colaiacovo at the draft. He has one year remaining on his contract at $2.85 million ($2.5 million cap hit). If they move or buy-out Colaiacovo, they'll have seven defensemen.

Here's his free agency update (surprise surprise, Filppula's rights will be swapped at the draft because the team's not willing to pay him $5+ million per season):

If [Valtteri] Filppula isn't re-signed, the Red Wings would prefer to acquire a center to replace him. Stephen Weiss of Florida is a potential free-agent option.

Discussions continue with Brunner and Cleary, but no deals are close. Term is an issue with Cleary, as the Red Wings don't want to commit too many years to him at age 34. The club continues having difficulty finding common ground on a salary figure with Brunner, who has only one lockout-shortened NHL season under his belt.

Pleiness confirms the trade talk...

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.

He sounds more optimistic about Filppula...

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.

He offers good news about the team's restricted free agents...

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

And then things get a little weird:

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 roster 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.

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Primis's avatar

I’d like a trade sending Tootoo the other way.

The more and more I hear about how much DET “needs” him the East, the more I want him gone.  Gimme’ another guy that can play defense and/or score.  Part of the reason the East is so weak depthwise is because many of the teams entertain the cute, outdated notion that an Enforcer is a good use of a roster spot in the Cap Era.

Posted by Primis on 06/24/13 at 10:45 PM ET


Strongly disagree.  The East has guys like lucic, Neil, etc, legit power forwards are more plentiful then in the western conference.  I’m indifferent towards Tootoo but hopefully they’ll get a big forward or two for the top two lines.

Posted by bababooey on 06/24/13 at 11:04 PM ET


If [Valtteri] Filppula isn’t re-signed, the Red Wings would prefer to acquire a center to replace him. Stephen Weiss of Florida is a potential free-agent option.

Ugh, idiots…

Posted by Garth on 06/24/13 at 11:07 PM ET


Quality fleas on last summer by Ken Holland, wasn’t it?

Posted by bababooey on 06/24/13 at 11:14 PM ET


Damn spellcheck.  Quality “offseason” by Holland, wasn’t it?

Posted by bababooey on 06/24/13 at 11:14 PM ET


Man Samuelsson was a bust! Kenny should have tried to bring Uwe Krupp out of retirement while he was at it. That being said, Kenny has done an amazing job otherwise though (we could always have feaster, Burke, holmgren, etc). I hope he doesn’t sign Weiss to replace Filpulla though. I can’t imagine he would be any cheaper than Filpulla and I don’t think he’s remarkably better either. This will be an interesting offseason with all the trades, buyouts and free agents. I’m excited to see a contending group of players next year.

Posted by RicoSauve on 06/24/13 at 11:31 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

I’d consider Sammy more “Busted” than a “Bust.  I’m not sure he saw 60 minutes of ice time in the regular season.  Get that man some calcium chews!!!

I can’t imagine how frustrated Kenny Holland is looking at his roster and having no idea if Helm will be healthy for next season or not.  He has to assume Helmers is our 3rd line center next fall, but in the back of his mind he has to be nervous about his availability.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/24/13 at 11:49 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Trade Tootoo .... ida know about that one.  If Helmer is healthy, having Toots on a line with Helm and Eaves would be mighty fast and difficult to deal with.  Granted, spending $5.2 mil. on what could end up being your 4th line isn’t a very good idea with the cap going down but, if you want quality depth with a chance of getting valuable points out of all 4 lines I’d sooner keep Tootoo over Sammy or Emmerton.

As for chasing after Stephen Weiss ... if he stays healthy ... he’s the biggest of the goal scoring centers available prior to any formal buy-out announcements.  Being buried in Florida hasn’t given us in Detroit much of a chance to see just how good he is so most of us will have to rely on scouting reports and gut feelings to figure out if he’s a good fit.  Even though he’s 3 years older, one has to wonder if Mike Ribero wouldn’t be a better choice.

Colaiacovo as trade bait is no surprise ... worse comes to worse they’ll get a late round draft pick for him.  I still have to wonder if Queasy is part of that trade list as well.  Trading him wouldn’t be much of a surprise but, what they get for him might be.

Filppula demanding $5 mil. + per season ??  Is that him talking or his agent ??  Talk about delusions of grandeur ... geez.  If he’d score 20+ goals on a consistent basis and show that he can score a clutch goal when the pressure is on then fine, I’d be willing to barf up the money but, he doesn’t and can’t so forget it.

We’ve got a mere 10 days before Free Agent Frenzy kicks in .. enjoy your summer .. LOL

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 06/25/13 at 02:54 AM ET


Ok, you got me excited for this week now.

Of course I have been excited in the past and then they would “like out team” and all that.

But still, lets make some magic Kenny!

Posted by lancer on 06/25/13 at 07:26 AM ET


I can’t imagine how frustrated Kenny Holland is looking at his roster and having no idea if Helm will be healthy for next season or not.

Honestly, I don’t understand why he’s focusing so much on centres.  Without Helm and Filppula we have four solid centres (Dats, Z, Andersson, Emmerton) and two others who can take faceoffs if they need to (Franzen, Miller) and still have a glaring need for scoring wingers, but somehow he’s focusing on Helm and a replacement for Filppula?

And hell, if Filppula -the small, soft, non-physical two-way centre who gets 40ish points per season- isn’t worth $5M then why is Weiss -the small, soft two-way centre who gets 50ish points per season worth $6M+?

Use tunnel vision.  Do everything you can to get a scoring winger, via free agency or trade, then look at the defense and see if you can upgrade it and DON’T get distracted by the Wiesses, the Phaneufs, etc.

Posted by Garth on 06/25/13 at 09:08 AM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

I was sorry they ever re-signed Samuelson anyway ....

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 06/25/13 at 01:38 PM ET


I was sorry they ever re-signed Samuelson anyway ....

I can’t imagine anyone isn’t…

Posted by Garth on 06/25/13 at 02:57 PM ET

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