Kindl was placed on waivers in hopes that a team would pick him up along with his $2.4-million cap hit. He is in the final year of a four-year deal that actually pays him $3 million this season.
Detroit needs the cap space in order to activate defenceman Kyle Quincey off of injured reserve. Quincey hasn’t played since Oct. 23 after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
Kindl has two goals and three assists in 23 games this year.
Sending the 28-year-old to the American League would only save the Red Wings $950,000 of cap space, and it is estimated that they would need to clear approximately $1 million more before they can carry Quincey.
Quincey carries a $4.25-million cap hit. He signed a two-year $8.5 million deal in July 2014.
The 30-year-old has one goal and two assists in seven games this year.