(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - A few housekeeping notes on the Red Wings: They're shopping Jordin Tootoo, are waiting to hear from Daniel Alfredsson and in talks with Daniel Cleary.
The window opened Monday for teams to use compliance buyouts; two were granted starting last summer, which saw the Wings use their first buyout on defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. General manager Ken Holland said on locker-room cleanout day in April that if the Wings were to use their second one it'd be on Tootoo, and that hasn't changed. But, since the window is open through the end of the month, the Wings will first see if they can trade Tootoo. He has one year left on a three-year, $5.7-million deal, saving the Wings $1.9 million in salary-cap space.
The Wings signed Tootoo in 2012, but Tootoo wasn't used much by coach Mike Babcock and spent most of this season with Grand Rapids, playing 51 games with the Griffins to only 11 with the Wings.
Regarding Alfredsson, the Wings are waiting to hear whether the 41-year-old right wing wants to play another season. If he does, the Wings are interested in working out another contract. Alfredsson, who joined Detroit last summer after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, contributed 18 goals among 49 points over 68 games and provided leadership.
Alfredsson and backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are among the few potential unrestricted free agents the Wings have interest in retaining. The team also has been in talks with forward Cleary; despite a subpar and injury-plagued season, the Wings will be good to the word they gave to Cleary last fall when he left behind money and terms with Philadelphia to sign for one year and $1.75 million with Detroit. At the time, there was a verbal agreement the Wings would take care of Cleary past 2013-14. The most likely scenario has Cleary agreeing to a two-way contract that would enable the Wings to put him in the minors if he does not succeed in challenging for a job at training camp.