The NHL season is still just shy of a month old, but its never too early for trade winds to start blowing in. The latest are coming from Southeast Michigan.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Detroit Red Wings are looking for a way to clear up cap space, and right now it looks like a trade may be the best option. Early word is the player the Wings may be trying to deal is winger Jordin Tootoo.
Tootoo still has two years left on his three year, $5.7 million contract he signed with Detroit in 2012 after leaving the Nashville Predators as an unrestricted free agent. He hasn’t seen a ton of action this season due to a shoulder injury that saw him start the year on IR. For the season, he’s played four games, however hasn’t made much of an impact. He doesn’t have any points, and has only been credited with two shots on goal all season. Tootoo isn’t known for his offensive prowess, as his career high for goals in a season is 11. That said, it appears the Wings find him expendable.
Apparently, Detroit is hoping to clear up some room in order to bring up their AHL sensation Gustav Nyquist. The Swedish forward has been performing quite well with the Red Wings’ minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He’s coming off a season that saw him make the AHL first all star team.
Its not clear just yet who Detroit has been talking to in terms of dealing Tootoo, and since they’re looking to make cap room, its doubtful they’ll be looking to acquire anything more than a prospect or perhaps a draft pick. This is definitely something they can get in return for the gritty forward.