The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings have placed former Brandon Wheat Kings bruiser Jordin Tootoo on waivers, planning to buy out the final year of his contract.
Tootoo was set to make $2-million in 2014-15. Tootoo will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers today, allowing the Red Wings to buy out the final year of his three-year, $5.7-million deal for a $1.33-million cap hit.
"Jordin wants to be back in the NHL. This gives him an opportunity," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press.
Tootoo had one assist while playing in only 11 games for the Red Wings last season, spending most of the year with Grand Rapids of the AHL where he had six goals, 18 points and 104 penalty minutes in 51 games.
The 31-year-old Nunavut product played four seasons with the Wheat Kings from 1999 to 2003 before moving on to become the first Inuk player to suit up in the NHL. Tootoo has scored 49 goals and racked up 134 points and 808 penalty minutes in 539 career games for the Red Wings and the Nashville Predators.
Paddock won’t be back
One former Brandon Wheat King handed walking papers to another ex-Wheat King on Wednesday.
New Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that assistant coach John Paddock would not return, with the Flyers bringing on former NHLer Gord Murphy as a new assistant to head coach Craig Berube.
"We’d like to thank John for being an integral part of our organization and we wish him the best in his future endeavours," Hextall stated in a news release.
Paddock, a 60-year-old native of Oak River, had filled coaching and management roles in the Flyers’ organization over the past six seasons and previously served as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets and the Ottawa Senators.
He moved from a management role to an assistant on Berube’s staff after former head coach Peter Laviolette was fired early last season. Paddock began his coaching career in 1983 in the minors after completing a 10-year playing career in the NHL and AHL.
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