We all knew this was coming. I didn't think he would get waived outright, it's not the most ideal situation, but something we all should keep close tabs on in the next day or two.
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The Wings sit with a little less than $550K in cap space. That's including Tootoo's $1.9M, Almquist's $600K & Coreau's $790K. Ericsson is on LTIR keeping his $3.2M off the cap for now, but the water is about to get murky in the next week or so once he is ready.
So why is waiving Tootoo not ideal? Well if he goes unclaimed, and is sent to Grand Rapids it only gives $925K in cap relief, not the full $1.9M. So lets add it all up with the callups back in GR along with Tootoo you get a little over $2.32M off the books, that's $1M short of Ericssons cap hit. Factor in the space available and the Wings are 500K+ over.
One more body will have to move at this point, unless he gets claimed or they can find a trade partner for Tootoo that's very unlikely considering he's up for grabs right now.
Lets not even mention the fact that Nyquist is still sitting in Grand Rapids tearing it up.
My guess is they have a trade partner for Tootoo already but they would have to retain some salary. So they waive him first in the hopes someone would claim him and take all the salary off the books. I wouldn't be surprised to see Toots traded soon after he clears. The Wings have already stated he would not go to GR if he passes waivers. It's a shame because a lot of people liked him in Detroit, myself included.
We all need to hope he gets claimed. If not, that means someone else has to be waived or traded (and waiving Sammy won't solve it). I'm afraid of what would have to come next.
I'm hoping he goes unclaimed just so we can keep him around. Then we convince Holmgren that Sammy and Smith are the answer to what ailes Philly so he will make an offer on them. Tell Sammy he might get a long-term deal from Philly by waiving his current no movement clause. Then all our cap problems are solved. Sadly that senerio is just a pipedream. The reality is we are still going to be screwed by Cleary's resigning and Sammy being hurt and unable to be bought out during the summer.
The positive is that we have enough plugs to take care of the injury bug that hit
@reecardoraul no, there's a small window where guys can be bought out and sammy was hurt during that time. and since his contract is up in july anyways, and has a no movement clause, he is not going anywhere.
@ThroatShot no, i think he's off the roster if he's claimed or not. unless the new CBA has a rule about that i don't know of.
... The positive is that er have enough plugs to take care the injury bug hits like it did last year.
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