The Detroit Red Wings re-signing Joakim Andersson puts a further squeeze on their limited cap space and increases the possibility of a trade before the start of the season.
I’ve got no actual link to a trade rumor today, as it remains very quiet on that front of late, but there’s no doubt the Andersson signing pushes the Red Wings closer to a trade to free up cap space before October.
Anderson’s new contract (cap hit of $732K) leaves the Red Wings with only $312, 121.00 in cap space, with Gustav Nyquist as their only remaining restricted free agent, whom GM Ken Holland said he would get under contract before the start of training camp.
Holland has also hinted he’d like to bring back Daniel Cleary, though it remains to be seen if he can clear enough cap space to do so.
The Wings are permitted to be over the cap ceiling by ten percent, provided they’re cap compliant when the season begins in October.
That’s prompted speculation Holland will try to clear salary via trade, with Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million per season) figuring prominently as the likely trade candidate. There was talk late last month the Wings spoke with the Nashville Predators about shipping Tootoo back to the Preds. Center Cory Emmerton ($533K)is another who could be moved.
I’ve read some Wings fans suggesting their club try to move Mikael Samuelsson ($3 million), Todd Bertuzzi ($2.075 million) or even Johan Franzen. Franzen isn’t going anywhere, while age, salary and no-trade clauses work against finding any takers for Samuelsson and Bertuzzi.
It seems to me Tootoo will be trade bait. I expect he’ll be offered to a team in need of toughness with the cap space to comfortably afford his salary, willing to part with a pick or prospect, as the Wings won’t want to take back salary in return.
If you have any thoughts of where you think Tootoo could end up,please share them in the comments section.