Whether the Detroit Red Wings exercise one or both of their compliance buyouts will depend on what, if any, moves they make this weekend at the entry draft in Newark. The compliance buyout period begins Wednesday, 48 hours after the Chicago Blackhawks clinched the Stanley Cup championship with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins Monday in Game 6. It ends at 5 p.m. on July 4, the day before free agency begins. Under the new CBA, teams are permitted a maximum of two compliance buyouts, for which they will not incur any salary cap penalty. They can use both this year or save one or both for next summer. The Red Wings won't decide until Monday, at the earliest, if they will use a buyout. The Red Wings have a surplus of forwards. They have 14 under contract (including restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson) and are still in contract talks with unrestricted free agents Valtteri Filppula, Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner. They will try to alleviate this logjam by trading somebody this weekend. Scrappy Jordin Tootoo is available, according to a source, and chances are, so is fourth-line center Cory Emmerton. Tootoo was a frequent healthy scratch the second half of the season and appeared in only one playoff game. He has two years remaining at $1.9 million per season. Emmerton's spot likely will be assumed by Joakim Andersson, assuming Darren Helm is healthy next season and returns to his third-line center slot.
Red Wings look to alleviate forward logjam with trades before turning to compliance buyouts next week
Michigan Live | Jun 25