Per the Free Press’s Helene St. James…
The Detroit Red Wings are parting with Xavier Ouellet.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that Ouellet is being placed on waivers to enable a buyout.
It has been clear for some time Ouellet, 24, no longer fit into the Wings’ plans. He played only 45 games in 2017-18, unable to gain a foothold and passed on the depth chart by Nick Jensen.
It’ll cost roughly $166,000 against the salary cap next season and $266,000 the following season. The benefit is it clears a roster spot. The Wings are banking that at least one prospect from a group that includes Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Libor Sulak and Joe Hicketts will push for a spot in Detroit out of training camp this autumn.
They are in contract talks to re-sign Mike Green, who is a pending unrestricted free agent. The issue is the length of the deal – the Wings would prefer to keep Green at two years, where he’s looking for more security.
Awesome dinner with the Family at Restaurant Chez Fabien. Really enjoyed my time back home. Its now time to go back to Michigan. #travelday #familytime @ Restaurant Chez Fabien https://t.co/icGMuva7b7
— xavier ouellet (@The_XMan16) June 23, 2018