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by Paul on 09/10/13 at 02:13 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“Every year is a tryout camp for me; that’s how I take it mentally,'' Tootoo said. “I just have to prepare myself the best I can as there are hundreds of guys that would love to be in your spot. I’m coming into camp with the mindset of fighting for a spot on the team.”
The Red Wings have 16 forwards, two more than they plan to carry. Darren Helm (back, groin) might start the season on injured reserve. That would leave the club needing to trim one more player.
The Red Wings tried to shed some salary by making a trade in the off-season – they shopped Tootoo, among others, but there were no takers. Trade talks could resume during the season. Tootoo said he can't worry about whether he'll be moved.
“For me, it’s about having the opportunity to play in the NHL, and that (a trade) is out of my reach,'' Tootoo said. “I’ve got to worry about my game and take it one day at a time and let the business people do that side of things.
“I’ve been through a lot over the years. This is what makes you a stronger person, both on and off the ice.''
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