Red Wings Send Tootoo To AHL
At the time of said waiving, Detroit GM Ken Holland said the club wouldn?t send Tootoo to the AHL, mostly because it didn?t have to ? defenseman Jonathan Ericsson was on LTIR at the time, so the club wasn?t forced to free up a roster spot or salary cap space.
But since Ericsson comes off LTIR tomorrow, Detroit had no choice but to demote Tootoo today.
The subject of trade rumors for months, Tootoo never found his niche in Detroit after signing a three-year, $5.7 million deal with the club on the opening day of free agency in 2012.