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Red Wings add Jordin Tootoo, too

Updated 11x at 9:25 PM: From TSN’s Darren Dreger:

TooToo agrees to Detroit. 3 years $1.9 per

MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

Wings sign disturber Jordin Tootoo, formerly of Nashville, for three years at $1.9 million per.

Update: The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms—and remember that all these extra bodies mean that the Wings may end up trading some players, and that they can exceed the cap by 10% should the Suter/Parise sweepstakes pan out:

 

The Wings have reportedly signed a player that’s spent his entire with the Nashville Predators, but it’s not defenseman Ryan Suter.

It’s agitating forward Jordin Tootoo.

The deal is for three years at $1.9 million per season.

In 486 NHL games, Tootoo has 46 goals, 79 assists and 725 penalty minutes.

The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan also confirms:

The tootoo train comes to detroit


Update #2: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings added some toughness and abrasiveness to their fourth line by signing Jordin Tootoo to a three-year contract worth $1.9 million per season.

Tootoo, 28, spent his entire eight-year NHL career in Nashville, where he appeared in 486 games, picking up 46 goals and 79 assists, along with a minus-26 rating and 725 penalty minutes.

He is small (5-foot-9, 199) but stocky and very abrasive, but his aggressiveness sometimes leads to bad penalties.

Tootoo, who shoots right-handed, collected a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 2011-12. But he fell out of favor with coach Barry Trotz last season and played in only one game in Nashville’s first-round playoff victory over Detroit.

This has got to be a Babcock signing, and with a glut of forwards, are the Wings setting up for a trade?


Update #2.5: Helene St. James confirms,too:

#RedWings add pesky Jordin Tootoo at 3 ytears, $5.7 M. Down to $17 M in cap space

Update #3: the Wings are confirming on Twitter:

BREAKING: The Red Wings have agreed to terms with winger Jordin Tootoo on a three-year contract. Per club policy, terms are undisclosed.

Update #3.5: From Kulfan:

Holland said Gustavsson was desireable because of his size (6-4) and NHL experience. MacDonald’s injury problems/history a concern
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As for Samuelsson…he essentiallly replaces Hudler. The Wings know him, Holland said, and like what he provides (size, shot, some goals)
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And Parise/Sutter? Holland said they’ve made signficant offers and now they wait….along with everybody else in the NHL.
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As for Tootoo, Holland says he’ll provide “snarl” the Wings have been missing.


Update #4: From Kulfan:

The Red Wings have added two more forwards — but neither is Zach Parise.

The Wings have added one familiar face, though, as the Wings have signed former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson to a two-year contract worth $6 million. Samuelsson was with Detroit from 2005-2008.

The Wings also signed Jordin Tootoo to a three-year deal worth $1.9 million per season. Tootoo, 29, supplies the physical and abrasive play the Wings have lacked on the fourth line in recent seasons. He had six goals and 24 assists in 77 games with Nashville last season but also had 92 penalty minutes. Tootoo (5 foot 9, 217 pounds) only played in three of Nashville’s nine playoff games, playing sparingly in the series victory over the Red Wings.

Samuelsson split the season between Vancouver and Florida last season after being traded by the Canucks to Florida for Macomb native David Booth. Samuelsson had 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 54 games. He is expected to bolster the Wings’ third- and fourth-line depth, a gritty wing who has some size and possesses one of the harder shots in the league.

The Wings remain in the free agency hunt for Parise.

Update #5: Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan’s story:

The Detroit Red Wings added some toughness and abrasiveness to their fourth line by signing Jordin Tootoo to a three-year contract worth $1.9 million per season.

Tootoo, 28, spent his entire eight-year NHL career in Nashville, where he appeared in 486 games, picking up 46 goals and 79 assists, along with a minus-26 rating and 725 penalty minutes.

He is small (5-foot-9, 199) but stocky and very abrasive, but his aggressiveness sometimes leads to bad penalties.

Tootoo, who shoots right-handed, collected a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 2011-12. But he fell out of favor with coach Barry Trotz last season and played in only one game in Nashville’s first-round playoff victory over Detroit.

From the Wings:

Tootoo on Conference Call: “It’s definitely a great opportunity to put on that Red Wings jersey and play for an Original Six team.”
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Tootoo said that he hasn’t talked with Coach Babcock yet, but is close with Darren Helm.
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Tootoo: “Mr. Holland made a quick phone call and I thought this was a good opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. That’s my goal right there.”
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Tootoo: “Today is a day for me to celebrate my new beginnings and I’m just soaking it all in.”

And St. James:

Jordin Tootoo: ““It’s definitely a great honor to be able to have opportunity to put on a Red Wings jersey.”
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Jordin Tootoo: “I’ve known Darren Helm for a number of years, I’m great buddies with him. It’s great to be a part of his team.” #RedWings

And here’s the Wings’ press release:

RED WINGS AND JORDIN TOOTOO AGREE TO TERMS ON THREE-YEAR CONTRACT

… Gritty Forward has Appeared in 486 Career NHL Games with Nashville …

Detroit, MI… The Detroit Red Wings today announced that free agent forward Jordin Tootoo has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the team. In accordance with club policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Originally selected by Nashville in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Tootoo has spent his entire professional career with the Predators franchise, tallying 46G-79A-125P in addition to 725 penalty minutes. Tootoo, 29, also has also registered 23G-26A-49P-399PIM in 100 appearances with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL).

A native of Churchill , MB , Tootoo captured a Silver Medal with Team Canada at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championships, recording 6GP-2G-1A-3P in the tournament. The 5’9”, 194-lb. winger enjoyed a standout junior career with the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), tallying 209 points (93G-116A) in 220 games. In his final season with Brandon (2002-03), Tootoo was named a WHL East First Team All-Star after netting 35 goals and dishing out 39 assists for 74 points in only 51 games played.

Update #5.5: The Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle is weighing in:

Red Wings fans don’t like Tootoo do they… haha
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@rocknrollnobody @RedWingsFeed Tootoo had 30 points in just 13 minutes a game.
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@Fesman70 Have you seen a 39-year-old Holmstrom play lately?
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@AzWingsFan Holmstrom is 39 years old, played 12 minutes a game and is nearing retirement.
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Wings fans who are up in arms about my Tootoo comment must be watching a different Holmstrom than the 39-year-old one I saw this year.

And so is Nicholas J. Cotsonika, who offers the following:

Amazing how Ken Holland has not earned the benefit of the doubt among at least some of the Detroit fan base.
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Wings fans saying it’s what-have-you-done-for-me-lately. Um, Cup in ‘08, Game 7 in ‘09, 21 straight playoffs, offers for Parise, Suter ...


Update #7: Well said, from Ken Holland, per St. James:

DET GM Ken Holland on signing of Jordin Tootoo: “We’re stepping out of our comfort zone.”
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#RedWings done with free agency for today - now sitting back to wait to hear from Ryan Suter & Zach Parise.


Update #8: From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

Samuelsson replaces Hudler, Tootoo likely means it’s curtains for Holmstrom as #redwings player.
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#redwings Tootoo: “My foundation is being a physical presence but at the same time I know I can contribute offensively.”
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#redwings Tootoo: “It was a pretty spontaneous decision. I thought this was the best opportunity for me to win a Stanley Cup.”

And DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

New #RedWings F Jordin Tootoo when told that #NHL season-opener is against the #Predators, “Really? Wow, that’s going to be interesting.”
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RedWings Jordin Tootoo: I had to do what was best for me and go where I thought would give me the best opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.

Update #8.5: For once, Puck Daddy offered an amusing take on Tootoo coming to Detroit.

Update #9: From the Windsor Star’s Bob Duff:

#redwings Holland: “We thought we signed some depth today and we got some ingredients that we’re excited about adding.”
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#redwings Holland: “We made presentations or pitches to the Parise and Suter camps.”
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#redwings Holland on Tootoo: “He’s physical, he gets under your skin of our players. It’s an ingredient we’ve always talked about.”
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#redwings Holland on Samuelsson: “We know him. We like him. He can skate. He can play the right point on the power play. He’s got a shot.”
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#redwings Holland on Brunner: “He’s got speed, now we’ll see how he adjusts from the big rink to a small rink and with more physical play.”
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#redwings Holland: “We’re hoping Gustavsson can take his career to another level here.”

Update #10: Via RedWingsFeed, here’s MLive’s Brendan Savage’s Tootoo story with quotes. Tootoo wouldn’t commit to recruiting Suter:

“For me today, it’s a day to celebrate my new beginnings and I’m still soaking it all in,” Tootoo said in a conference call with Red Wings beat writers.  “My job is to play hockey at the end of the day. I’m prepared to bring my skills to the Detroit Red Wings. It’s definitely a great honor to be able to have that opportunity to put on a Red Wings jersey. Original Six team. There’s a lot of history with the Red Wings. I obviously played against them the last (eight) years. It’s always been a great rivalry. I know a lot about the team. It was a great fit for me. I can’t wait to put on that jersey, play hard, play my game and bring excitement to not only to my teammates but the fans of Detroit.”

The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Tootoo signed a three-year contract worth $1.9 million per season. In eight seasons with Nashville, he earned a reputation as an agitator who can sometimes be prone to taking bad penalties. Tootoo, 29, had six goals and 24 assists for a career-high 30 points last season but only appeared in one playoff game against the Red Wings after coach Barry Trotz soured on him.

“I’ve really grown as a player over the last couple of years,” Tootoo said. “My foundation is being a physical presence but at the same time, I know I can contribute offensively. I’ve proven that the last couple of years but at the same time, I still have a lot to work on. This was a time of new beginnings for me and I feel after what’s gone on in the last couple of years, I need a change and fortunately the Red Wings caught my attention and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Take that, Paul Gaustad:

“A few teams were interested and Mr. Holland made a quick phone call,” Tootoo said. “I thought this was the best opportunity for me to win a Stanley Cup. Ultimately, that’s my goal and I feel the Red Wings are right there. It was a pretty spontaneous decision.”

In 486 career games with Nashville, Tootoo had 46 goals, 79 assists and 725 penalty minutes. That’s an average of 91 PIM per season.In 39 career playoff games, he had three goals, seven assists and 63 PIM.

“We wanted to get some physical play into our game and ... we think he’ll provide an element of an edge to our team on the bottom six,” Holland said. “We know him, he’s physical, he gets under your skin. It’s an ingredient we’ve always talked about. We were involved in a lot of different things. Some of the guys signed elsewhere and some of them are still sitting out there. Ultimately I put a call late in the afternoon to his agent (Kevin Epp), who also represents Darren Helm, and he said they were close to making a decision. I was calling to see if he was still available. He told me he had some teams to decide between and I asked what types of numbers they were looking at. All our people were here, which was good, and we made a decision that he would be a good fit.”


Update #11: DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose offers a Twitter tease...

Tootoo hasn’t spoken to #Preds teammate Ryan Suter about joining him w/ the #RedWings. However, he said, “That would be a sight to see.”

And a Tootoo story as well:

“Obviously we’ve played against him,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s hard, he’s physical, and we think he can help the bottom six by providing some energy and physicality along with Darren Helm. We’re trying to get some more edge with the bottom six and he’ll do that.”
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“I think I bring a special element to the game that no other player does,” Tootoo said. “For me, my foundation is being a physical presence out there, but at the same time I know that I can contribute offensively. It’s all about opportunities, and for me I know it’s not going to be given. I have to work every day to become a better professional both on and off the ice, and at this point in my career I believe I’m in the prime and I’m ready to take on challenges that arise.”

In recent years, the Wings and Predators have built a heated rivalry, and in April, for the first time in its franchise, Nashville eliminated Detroit in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And Tootoo always seemed to be at the forefront of the rivalry While adjusting to his new surroundings will be a challenge, Tootoo is elated for the opportunity to play for an Original Six franchise that has qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in each of the last 21 seasons.

“That’s part of the competitiveness of our nature,” he said. “We play the game to win and obviously you don’t get the opportunity to play in the best league that often, and for me what a great honor it is to have a team like Detroit have interest in me. I know a lot about them, we’ve had a great rivalry against them, so I’m excited to be a Red Wing, but at the same time, what has gone on in the past has to go and this is a new chapter in my life.”

Red Wings’ fans know all about Tootoo, who was the Predators’ fourth-round draft pick in 2001, and is the first Inuit player in NHL history and one of the most popular players in Predators’ franchise history. He was often serenaded at Bridgestone Arena by fans blowing whistles whenever he skated onto the ice, but loathed for his ability to get under the skin of opposing players.

“First and foremost I want to say thanks to (Nashville GM) David Poile for giving me every opportunity to play in the best league,” Tootoo said. “I’ve been there for nine years and it’s been a tremendous experience and they’ve treated me with the upmost respect. But the bottom line is that I was at a point in my life where I made a lot of changes and I felt that this was a change to be had for me to kind of move on to a new location. I mean, the fans down there, that’s all I know, so it’s going to be a little different feeling, a little mixed emotions, but I had to do what was best for me and go where I thought would give me the best opportunity to win the Stanley Cup.”
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“I know Darren [Helm] pretty good, we’ve know each other pretty good for a number of years,” Tootoo said. “I had a summer home in Winnipeg for a few years so we trained together and skated together so that’s how I got to know him pretty good. I haven’t talked to him, but Kirk Maltby sent me a text congratulating me and welcoming me to the organization.”

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Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I hope this is a bad joke.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!! In 13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 07:28 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Now this one makes me ask: WHA?????

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/12 at 07:28 PM ET

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wtf is going on?

Posted by deezer on 07/01/12 at 07:29 PM ET

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A fair price (looks like Abby gets $2M/yr, though), but it’s going to be hard to see this particular #22 wearing the winged wheel.  “Wow.”

Posted by The Meal on 07/01/12 at 07:29 PM ET

Crow's avatar

WTF?  Fist Sammy, now this?  This is getting worst by the minute.  Holland, what are you smoking?

Posted by Crow on 07/01/12 at 07:29 PM ET

Tuba Guy's avatar

NO

Posted by Tuba Guy from Royal Oak, MI on 07/01/12 at 07:29 PM ET

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That’s it, Holland needs to go.

What the FUCH?

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 07:30 PM ET

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Now this one I actually like.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 07:30 PM ET

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Well, my day went completely down the crapper.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 07/01/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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Oh God, please tell me there’s a trade coming….

Posted by RyanVM on 07/01/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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Best news I’ve heard all day ;D

Posted by BlakeDatAzzUp on 07/01/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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Weird, weird move.

I say he still gets you Suter tomorrow, though.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/01/12 at 07:31 PM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Really?

Clearly out of the Parise sweepstakes

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 07/01/12 at 07:31 PM ET

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Love this signing! He’s gonna provide some serious grit on the 4th line and he’s not afraid to drop the gloves and even pot a few goals once in a while. He’s got a good backstory too, really cleaned up his life off the ice by getting his alcoholism under control.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 07/01/12 at 07:33 PM ET

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Okie, that was my thought as well. Just hope we’re still in play for Suter.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/12 at 07:33 PM ET

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I guess Holland had to have a 5’ 9” player to replace Hudler…

Posted by Crow on 07/01/12 at 07:33 PM ET

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I like Tootoo… ALOT, but Samuelsson at 3 a year? Why??? RIDICULOUS

Posted by letsmakeit12 on 07/01/12 at 07:34 PM ET

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I am .... a little surprised. Tootoo? Really?

This better be a “Suter only signs if Tootoo comes with him” sort of deal.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/01/12 at 07:34 PM ET

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i just threw up in my mouth a little

Posted by 13datsyukfan13 from Mid Michigan on 07/01/12 at 07:34 PM ET

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Plus, now we actually have a forward who goes hard to the net!

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 07:34 PM ET

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What the hell??

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 07/01/12 at 07:34 PM ET

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This is a player i could never like.  This better be part of the terms for Suter coming.

Posted by jwad on 07/01/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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...what?

Posted by Garth on 07/01/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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I will personally punch anyone at the Joe that brings that anyone train whistle and blows it.

Posted by dca from in Mich on 07/01/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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I’m sorry, is this a joke?  Hello?  Hello?  Is this thing on?

Posted by Guest on 07/01/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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So now we have tootoo and probably abs, give me a break would have rather had Prust over Sammy and toots. Kenny is smokin the sticky icky.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/01/12 at 07:35 PM ET

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Seriously wtf.. wtf..  like him better than sammy though… this plan G?  Like how they picked the smallest possible fighter out there too

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 07:36 PM ET

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I’m… stunned.

And not the good stunned.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 07:37 PM ET

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Exactly.. id take prust over these two

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 07:37 PM ET

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C’mon guys…Tootoo…Samuelsson?...this is how you lure big FA’s like Zach Parise! Get with it.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 07:38 PM ET

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Forecaster:

“ASSETS: Has a motor that never quits. Hits everything that moves. Displays some offensive instincts and decent hands. Plays with a lot of passion. Can play either wing position.

FLAWS: His rock ‘em, sock ‘em style will at times hurt his team more than it helps, since he tends to rile up opponents in a big way or take a bad penalty. Has had to deal with off-ice issues.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Effective agitator with versatility”

6 goals, 24 assists,  -5, 82 penalty minutes. Played 3 playoff games, only 4 PM

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/12 at 07:38 PM ET

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think they are preparing to let abby walk?

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 07:39 PM ET

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At this point, no reason to keep Abdelkader

Posted by Varyag on 07/01/12 at 07:40 PM ET

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still think we couldve got a better combo of players for the money.. not like we got a million roster dpots either..

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 07:41 PM ET

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Love the idea of Bert and Tootoo on the same Wings squad.  raspberry

Now c’mon, Kenny, get Suter done!!!

Posted by Denver Wings on 07/01/12 at 07:41 PM ET

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Abdelkader insurance.

Posted by BobaFett from Las Vegas on 07/01/12 at 07:42 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

From the previous thread….......

Babcock now has his vaginal sandpaper he’s been craving.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 07:43 PM ET

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Has anyone gotten proof of life from The Chief lately?

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 07:44 PM ET

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I guess Prus didn’t have enough offense, and he got $10M supposedly for 4 years. We’ll soon hear the PR. So, they spent $11.7M on 2 players, with 2 yr/3yr contracts. I’m crying uncle on figuring out the cap at this point.

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/12 at 07:46 PM ET

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Abdelkader insurance.

Except that Abdelkader plays center, is better defensively, takes less stupid penalties, and isnt one of the biggest douche bags in the league.

Posted by jwad on 07/01/12 at 07:46 PM ET

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