Tootoo has two years left on his current contract, which he signed last offseason, at $1.9 million per year; Colaiacovo, who struggled with injuries all season only to play a key role in the playoffs, has one season and $2.5 million remaining.
According to Pleiness, the Wings will begin exploring deals at the NHL Draft on Sunday, just one day before free agency officially begins on July 1. The most immediate deal may involve the rights to Valtteri Filppula, who can be an unrestricted free agent when July 1 hits — if the Wings don’t think they will be able to bring Filppula back, Pleiness reported, they may try to give another team a head start in exchange for a draft pick.
An attempt to trade Colaiacovo may just come from the combination of Detroit’s glut of defenseman and a slightly elevated value for Colaiacovo after he held his own against Chicago. The Wings also have Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Brian Lashoff, Danny DeKeyser and Kyle Quincey under contract for next season, plus will re-sign restricted free agents Jakub Kindl and Brendan Smith.
Quincey may be the only other viable trade piece there, mostly thanks to his contract of $3.775 million per year expiring after next season.
Tootoo, meanwhile, was squeezed out of the Wings’ lineup in the postseason and he may have a hard time finding his way back in come October. With Drew Miller re-signing recently, the Wings have a dozen forwards inked for next year, not counting restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist, unrestricted free agents Danny Cleary and Damien Brunner, or prospects like Tomas Tatar and Riley Sheahan.