Red Wings waive Tootoo

The Sports Xchange
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The Detroit Red Wings placed winger Jordin Tootoo on waivers Wednesday, reported.
The 30-year-old played in eight games this season for the Red Wings and had no points and a minus-4 rating. His last game on Monday night in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets included a fight with Chris Thorburn just 16 seconds into the first period.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was not unhappy with Tootoo's play but said it was a matter of being overstocked at his position.
"The situation here is we have too many right wingers," Babcock said. "We're not giving him a fair opportunity. He's done nothing wrong, he's played hard, he's been a good teammate.
"We'll see what happens. If Toots can get himself a place to play where he plays every night, that would be fantastic."
Tootoo signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract with the Red Wings in 2012. In 42 games last season, he produced eight points.
Any team that might claim Tootoo off waivers faces a $1.9 million salary cap hit. If Tootoo clears waivers, the Red Wings could sent him to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League in a move that would clear $925,000 in cap space, general manager Ken Holland said.

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