While some teams around the league will be rushing to use their compliance buyouts this summer, and others already have, the Detroit Red Wings aren’t necessarily in a position where they need to clear cap space. In fact, they’re in as good a position as any team throughout the league heading into the offseason.
Of course, they have plenty of free agents on their current roster to deal with, which will make that cap space shrink relatively quickly. Which means that, although they’re not in a position where it’s a necessity, they won’t be the exception in using at least one of their buyouts this offseason.
In fact, one player who spent just one year with the team may already be on his way back out, as defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is a buyout candidate. A signing that was made in desperation, it was a move that simply didn’t work out for Detroit, for a variety of reasons.
Due to issues mainly related to his health, which come as no surprise given his history, Colaiacovo appeared in only six games for Detroit during the regular season. He did appear in nine games during the postseason, finishing with a point, 13 blocked shots, and a plus-3 rating.
The Red Wings saw the emergence of some of their young defenseman, and will likely to look at least one upper tier d-man via trade this summer. Which means there’s simply going to be no need for a player like Colaiacovo around. With a $2.5 million cap hit on the books this year, the Red Wings could very likely look to buy him out in the coming days/weeks.