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Red Wings looking to use buyout on Tootoo, not Franzen and other end of season news and notes



Just days after the Wings were eliminated from the Playoffs by the Boston Bruins the team returned to the Joe Louis Arena Tuesday to clean out their lockers, take the team photo and address some impending off-season issues. Here’s what we were able to gather:

According to (via the Detroit Free Press) Red Wings GM Ken Holland says that the team will not use their compliance buyout on forward Johan Franzen and instead look to use it on Jordin Tootoo who still has a year and $1.9 million remaining on his deal. 

The team already used one of its two compliance buyouts on defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo.

The future for the Wings seemingly seems bright considering the young core that continues to develop but there’s still holes to fill this offseason. According to, Ken Holland was quoted saying that the team’s need this off-season is a top four, right-handed defenseman. 

“If we can find a top-four right-handed shooting defenseman by trade or free agency, we’d certainly like to add one.”

This is pretty much a no-brainer considering the defensemen used by the Wings in the playoffs were all lefties.

Early rumored names out there include Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen who’ll test the free agent market this summer as a UFA.

Entering the final year of his four-year deal, Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock says he’s comfortable with his contract situation with the Wings and insists it’s not a priority. (via the Detroit News)

“No priority, whatsoever,” Babcock said when asked about the possibility of signing an extension this summer. “I’m real comfortable with the owner (Mike Ilitch), with the manager (Ken Holland), and that’s not a concern for me one bit.

“One thing, when you’re at the stage I am, I’m real comfortable with whatever they want. I want them to be happy. And if they’re not happy, then I’m not happy.”

“I haven’t thought about going anywhere else,” Babcock said. “I like it here. The owner’s great to me — actually, the owner’s better than great to me here — and they do things right, they treat people right. And the GM is a driven guy who can’t stand losing. And I like to be around ultracompetitive people.”

Nonetheless Holland wants Babcock to stick around as well so the general feeling is Babcock will be the Wings’ head coach for the foreseeable future.

“I thought he’s done a tremendous job,” Holland said. “I want to talk to Mike here in the next couple of months, and we’ll see what comes of it. I want him back behind the bench. I respect the job that he does for us, the work ethic. I respect the job that he did this year in putting the young players into our system and into the lineup, sticking with them. I think if you put down a list of the best coaches in the National Hockey League, he’s on the short list.

“I do want him back. I think we work good together.” (via the Detroit Free Press)

After struggling with a knee injury a good portion of the season, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk and the team will determine if the forward will need surgery this week.

“If he (Datsyuk) feels good, a doctor isn’t going to force someone to have surgery,” Holland said. “It’ll depend on how Pavel is feeling and what he wants to do.” (via the Detroit News)

However if Datsyuk needs surgery Howard reiterated that it would be minor and probably call for a 3-month recovery period.

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