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The Blackhawks Have Their Fighter

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks have been lauded for building their organization on speed and skill, rather than brawn and bruising hits, but hockey, at last glance, is still hockey. Thus, Jordin Tootoo.

The Hawks have signed the tough guy to a one-year contract. Tootoo isn’t Andrew Shaw, the on-ice antagonist whom the Hawks shipped to Montreal in a salary cap move. He lacks Shaw’s offensive productivity. But where Shaw was a nuisance, Tootoo is a menace. He’s a fighter, having dropped the gloves 86 times in his career and amassed 982 penalty minutes.

Hockey is probably the only sport in which penalties are looked upon positively, at least as they pertain to enforcers. General managers take notice when a minor-league player leads the team or league in penalty minutes. It means he’s fighting. It means he’s sticking up for his teammates.

To many of you, it means that hockey is one messed-up sport.


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TreKronor's avatar

Although I think he fits the role Bickell had filled, and eventually Shaw…he’s not a goal scorer, and he’s not a set-up man.  He did well in Nashville because they played hard-nosed, grind it out hockey.  That’s not Chicago’s style.

My guess: he plays the first 15 games, then they send him to Rockford.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/06/16 at 10:32 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...where Shaw was a nuisance, Tootoo is a menace. He’s a fighter, having dropped the gloves 86 times in his career and amassed 982 penalty minutes.

Please. I love Jordin, but he’s nowhere near a “menace” as a fighter. Of his 86 career fights, I’ll bet he’s lost the vast majority of them. His best quality is being a tough forechecker and an agitator. How good he still is at those things remains to be seen.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/06/16 at 11:28 AM ET


I like tootoo. He dropped the gloves when he but I watched him skate away when he was being provoked but the wings were up.

Posted by SlimChance on 07/06/16 at 12:10 PM ET

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