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New Jersey Teammates Want Jordin Tootoo Back Next Season

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

There will be changes among the Devils' forwards next season as general manager Lou Lamoriello looks to bring in some scoring, but one player who has earned a chance to come back is right winger Jordin Tootoo.

A castoff when he signed a training camp tryout agreement with the Devils, Tootoo has made an impact with his speed and grit to the point where his teammates feel he deserves to be signed for another season.

"Absolutely. I think so," Adam Henrique said. "He's a hard-working guy and everybody feeds off his energy. He's been a leader in the room since he's been here. He's a leader on the ice.

"He goes out there and does the hard job. When things aren't going well he gets a fight going and gets the boys going. I think he's been huge for us all year. We'll wait and see what happens going forward, but the guys love him in the room."

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SYF's avatar

Really and truly happy for Tootoo.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 03/10/15 at 05:32 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I’m glad Tootoo is getting his career back on track. He just didn’t mesh well with Detroit, and I hope there’s no hard feelings there.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/10/15 at 05:54 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Really and truly happy for Tootoo.

Good for Toots. My Wife I enjoyed watching him play as a Red Wing. grin

Posted by bigfrog on 03/10/15 at 07:09 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

Tootoo is a playoff hockey type player.

Toots was a living breathing roughing penalty waiting to happen.  That’s not a playoff type hockey player.  His weren’t even the “well they’ll swallow the whistle in the playoffs” type hockey players.

We, and Babcock as well, wanted to see the Tootoo we all thought he could be.  The guy that hustles, hits, plays smart, aggressive hockey?  That guy would be a playoff hockey player.  The guy we got, instead, wasn’t.  I really wanted the guy to succeed but man did the stupid penalties and staged fights get embarrassing.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 03/11/15 at 12:09 AM ET

Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

This is a good example of somewhat dubious reporting. Chere evidently likes Tootoo, he goes into the Devils locker room and asks players if they want to keep Tootoo on the team. Who is going to say something negative or decline to comment? So Chere gets some quotes to write a story about players practically demanding an extension for Tootoo.

It is basically an opinion piece by Chere, but he dresses it up as a report. He could have written the same piece about any player on the roster, but he wrote it about who he himself wants to retain.

Instead of inventing a story, Chere could have just asked players to talk about Tootoo and then written an objective recap of Tootoo’s season without inserting himself and his own opinions into it.

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 03/11/15 at 03:04 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Hardly think he was given an opportunity. Saym glendenning was given.  Don’t discount Babs love for university grade/attendees.  He has toots slotted immediately when he found out they’d be signing him.  Unfortunately his rep was from his days of alcohol addiction.  Glad to see a club and locker room giving him a real chance.  Can’t deny he drags guys into the fight as Babs puts it and has almost 100 more points than players who play his role with comparable games played.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 03/11/15 at 03:31 AM ET

Wait, what? You’re saying Tootoo was given the same opportunity as Glendening, and saying it wasn’t ENOUGH of an opportunity? If it wasn’t enough for Tootoo, why was it enough for Glendening? LG took the chance, grabbed it by the balls, and is a fixture in the fourth line checking role now. Tootoo, by your own admission, had the same opportunity, and instead of playing effective, useful hockey, got stupid penalties, staged fights, and provided no value in the form of defensive checking, penalty killing… nothing.

Not only is there no current forward on the big club active roster that isn’t better (in terms of skill, fit, value, anything) than Tootoo, there are probably a further 6 forwards in Grand Rapids that are better. The Wings are deep up front. Trying to make a spot for Tootoo would’ve been dumber than trying to make a spot for Cleary, because at least Cleary used to play net-front PP and PK effectively.

I swear to god, if I live to be 100 years old, on my 100th birthday I’ll be reading a Red Wings fan in an internet comments section complain about how the Wings need to sign more fighters to be tough like they were in the Probert/Kocur days.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/11/15 at 08:22 AM ET

Jaromir Blogger's avatar

Wait, what? You’re saying Tootoo was given the same opportunity as Glendening, and saying it wasn’t ENOUGH of an opportunity?

He’s saying he wasn’t given the same opportunity as Glendening.

Posted by Jaromir Blogger on 03/11/15 at 08:50 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

I swear to god, if I live to be 100 years old, on my 100th birthday I’ll be reading a Red Wings fan in an internet comments section complain about how the Wings need to sign more fighters to be tough like they were in the Probert/Kocur days.
   
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    from the scoresheet! on 03/11/15 at 09:22 AM ET

Ummm…. they’ve had a fighter or fighters on their team from God knows how long until 2008. Hell there was a time when Shanahan, Lapointe, McCarty and Kocur were on the team. The Wings were a “tough” team all the way up to 2009. Haven’t won a cup since and our star players (which, by the way, are smaller players) have been abused ever since.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/11/15 at 09:27 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

That being said I never thought Tootoo was the answer.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 03/11/15 at 10:04 AM ET

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