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Red Wings Sign Jordin Tootoo to 3-yr deal, $1.9M/yr

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Poor mans Claude Lemeiux...:/ Not exactly stoked about this one

If he can be half as useful in the playoffs (Conn Smythe) then I'd say it's a good signing!!

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I wanted the Wings to add some grit, but Tootoo would be about at the bottom of my list.

Dirty player. Questionable defensively.

Don't forget "can't skate" , "poor puck-handler", and lacks discipline.. Jury is out on this one.....

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With every passing day I hate this signing more. With every passing post trying to tell me this was a good move, I respect the Hockey IQ of this fan base less. I don't know how many times I said what an awful hockey player he was in Nashville and used it as an example of their ignorance. Someone said it so well on another thread... with a player with such on and off ice issues given too much money and term, it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

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With every passing day I hate this signing more. With every passing post trying to tell me this was a good move, I respect the Hockey IQ of this fan base less. I don't know how many times I said what an awful hockey player he was in Nashville and used it as an example of their ignorance. Someone said it so well on another thread... with a player with such on and off ice issues given too much money and term, it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

Get over it,He is red wing for 3 years,complaining about how you hate this signing or how bad jordin tootoo is as a player is not going to change anything

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Get over it,He is red wing for 3 years,complaining about how you hate this signing or how bad jordin tootoo is as a player is not going to change anything

Are you sure that if someone complains about it in every thread that Holland won't change his mind and trade him off of the wings?

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With every passing day I hate this signing more. With every passing post trying to tell me this was a good move, I respect the Hockey IQ of this fan base less. I don't know how many times I said what an awful hockey player he was in Nashville and used it as an example of their ignorance. Someone said it so well on another thread... with a player with such on and off ice issues given too much money and term, it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

He' such an awful hockey player, yet he scored 30 points in 77 games last year. Why don't we compare his production to a few of our bottom 6ers:

Cory Emmerton: 10 points in 71 games

Justin Abdelkader: 22 points in 81 games

Drew Miller: 25 points in 80 games

Still look like a terrible hockey player? He's got some offensive touch and he'll add that element of grit that we haven't seen in a while.

Tootoo was a healthy scratch in the playoffs because they had acquired Paul Gaustad and Brandon Yip before the playoffs, giving them depth at forward.

It is so funny that people hate Jordin Tootoo because of his past. Yet, we loved Chris Chelios, who wasn't the cleanest player before he came here. Bertuzzi threw a pretty big cheapshot, yet we seem cool with him here.

Just because people don't agree wholeheartedly with your stance on Tootoo doesn't mean the fanbase has a "Low IQ". As I've shown, Tootoo outproduced many players on this team last year, and should be a welcome addition to the team, considering he also has a pair of balls.

Are you sure that if someone complains about it in every thread that Holland won't change his mind and trade him off of the wings?

He texted me earlier and mentioned that everyone's negative opinions on LGW were bothering him. He proceeded to ask me what my opinion was. Told me Tootoo's future rested with my opinion of him.

Guys, he isn't going anywhere. Blame me if you don't like him.

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With every passing day I hate this signing more. With every passing post trying to tell me this was a good move, I respect the Hockey IQ of this fan base less. I don't know how many times I said what an awful hockey player he was in Nashville and used it as an example of their ignorance. Someone said it so well on another thread... with a player with such on and off ice issues given too much money and term, it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

Sure, Tootoo isn't Parise, he isnt Nash or Ryan, but he does change the way other teams have ot play against us....not many people liked the Drake signing either, but he did the same thing, made it harder to play against us....

If you don't like us or the Wings anymore, I feel the obligatory "Go Root For The <insert team name here> Then..." comment is warranted here...but in the end, I think everyone will be happy with Tootoo. He isnt gonna win us the Stanley Cup, but it was a pretty good pickup...

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He' such an awful hockey player, yet he scored 30 points in 77 games last year. Why don't we compare his production to a few of our bottom 6ers:

Cory Emmerton: 10 points in 71 games

Justin Abdelkader: 22 points in 81 games

Drew Miller: 25 points in 80 games

Still look like a terrible hockey player? He's got some offensive touch and he'll add that element of grit that we haven't seen in a while.

Tootoo was a healthy scratch in the playoffs because they had acquired Paul Gaustad and Brandon Yip before the playoffs, giving them depth at forward.

It is so funny that people hate Jordin Tootoo because of his past. Yet, we loved Chris Chelios, who wasn't the cleanest player before he came here. Bertuzzi threw a pretty big cheapshot, yet we seem cool with him here.

Just because people don't agree wholeheartedly with your stance on Tootoo doesn't mean the fanbase has a "Low IQ". As I've shown, Tootoo outproduced many players on this team last year, and should be a welcome addition to the team, considering he also has a pair of balls.

He texted me earlier and mentioned that everyone's negative opinions on LGW were bothering him. He proceeded to ask me what my opinion was. Told me Tootoo's future rested with my opinion of him.

Guys, he isn't going anywhere. Blame me if you don't like him.

I blame you all the time. =)

But yeah people need to stop and look at the numbers before saying he is the worse player in the league. If thats the case then what do we call Emmerton? Hell he shouldn't even be playing. He should just be our Ice Girl.

I know TooToo has done some things in the past that we all have been like wtf about...but so did chris c and bert and look how they turned out. I am excited to see tootoo on the line with helm and abby maybe? wow.

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He will quickly....i repeat quickly become a red wing and red wing fan favorite. He alone will get the Joe rocking game after game. Gritty nasty f***** that we all bitched and worried about every time we played the preds....now other fan bases and teams can ***** and worry about playing against him....he will put up 40pts this year....mark it dude!!!

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With every passing day I hate this signing more. With every passing post trying to tell me this was a good move, I respect the Hockey IQ of this fan base less. I don't know how many times I said what an awful hockey player he was in Nashville and used it as an example of their ignorance. Someone said it so well on another thread... with a player with such on and off ice issues given too much money and term, it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

And with every passing day, it should become more and more apparent nobody gives a s*** what you feel about the signing, maybe you should join a fanbase with a much better hockey IQ like Toronto or Van.

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it seems inconceivable that Holland cannot go after Semin.

i'm pretty sure that holland has heard of semin. holland's problem has never been that he doesn't go after anybody. he went after suter and parise. he didn't get them. if he gets nash, or weber, or doan, or some combination therein, nobody will be shaking over suter and parise in minnesota. we do still have zetterberg and datsyuk. ian white. jimmy howard. cleary. franzen. kronwall. minnesota is trying to keep up. it's not like they suddenly leapt ahead of detroit.

i think i'll keep holland.

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Tootoo is the only guy that will/can stand up for his teammates. Think he gets the C?

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i think there are several guys who can stand up for their teammates. i think there is one guy who is suddenly much more probable.

there were any number of wings on the ice when shea weber bashed zetterberg's head into the glass over and over.

nobody did anything. it was almost disgusting. shanny would have gone berzerk had somebody done that to yzerman. chelios would have instantly punched somebody.

they left zetterberg out to dry. that should never happen.

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Tootoo won't be on the ice when Zetterberg is. Smith

i think there are several guys who can stand up for their teammates. i think there is one guy who is suddenly much more probable.

there were any number of wings on the ice when shea weber bashed zetterberg's head into the glass over and over.

nobody did anything. it was almost disgusting. shanny would have gone berzerk had somebody done that to yzerman. chelios would have instantly punched somebody.

they left zetterberg out to dry. that should never happen.

Tootoo won't be on the ice when Zetterberg is but Smith will stand up for his teammates would be nice to get a power forward as well

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i think there are several guys who can stand up for their teammates. i think there is one guy who is suddenly much more probable.

there were any number of wings on the ice when shea weber bashed zetterberg's head into the glass over and over.

nobody did anything. it was almost disgusting. shanny would have gone berzerk had somebody done that to yzerman. chelios would have instantly punched somebody.

they left zetterberg out to dry. that should never happen.

I disagree completely.

This years Wings responded quicker to that hit than the Wings of the late 90's early 00's with Shanny and Co.

Look at when Draper had his face plastered into the dasher by Lemieux. Nobody went after him until the next time Detroit played them at home, over a season later. Slava Koslov was sucker-punched by him in the same series and no Wing said a word to him.

We had to wait 2 days for our retaliation to Weber. I think the difference between those 2 teams is that the late 90's Wings were better fighters than today's Wings.

Tootoo's pay cheque wont be earned with his fists, or by protecting his teammates, he'll be using his speed, his hitting and his offensive skills to improve the amount of time the Wings spend in the offensive zone. I think it was easily the best move the Wings made this off-season.

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I disagree completely.

This years Wings responded quicker to that hit than the Wings of the late 90's early 00's with Shanny and Co.

Look at when Draper had his face plastered into the dasher by Lemieux. Nobody went after him until the next time Detroit played them at home, over a season later. Slava Koslov was sucker-punched by him in the same series and no Wing said a word to him.

We had to wait 2 days for our retaliation to Weber. I think the difference between those 2 teams is that the late 90's Wings were better fighters than today's Wings.

Tootoo's pay cheque wont be earned with his fists, or by protecting his teammates, he'll be using his speed, his hitting and his offensive skills to improve the amount of time the Wings spend in the offensive zone. I think it was easily the best move the Wings made this off-season.

Well they haven't made that many :tounge:

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Just realized that this signing means 2 years from now the wings could have Mitch Callahan and Tootoo on the same line. Wow, wings game will be interesting to watch

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Just realized that this signing means 2 years from now the wings could have Mitch Callahan and Tootoo on the same line. Wow, wings game will be interesting to watch

No, wait....Callahan - Abdelkader - Tootoo....Hmmmm.....do you think Holland would allow that line? There has to be a 6'2" 135lb. European somewhere that can take one of those spots...

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Tootoo really cleaned up his game last year. His past hurts him when it comes to getting the benefit of the doubt with the referees. I'm interested to see if that continues now that he's wearing a different sweater. You'd be hard pressed to find another 4th liner in the league that skates as hard and fast. He won't hesitate to put the puck on net. He won't back down to anyone. His attitude and hard skating is infectious. He a total energy guy that will pick his team up when they need a shot of adrenaline. Not to mention he is just a total pain in the ass to play against. Support this guy and he will thrive.

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Tootoo really cleaned up his game last year. His past hurts him when it comes to getting the benefit of the doubt with the referees. I'm interested to see if that continues now that he's wearing a different sweater. You'd be hard pressed to find another 4th liner in the league that skates as hard and fast. He won't hesitate to put the puck on net. He won't back down to anyone. His attitude and hard skating is infectious. He a total energy guy that will pick his team up when they need a shot of adrenaline. Not to mention he is just a total pain in the ass to play against. Support this guy and he will thrive.

you can just see that whenever he misses a check and the boards rattle. With him comes 100% intensity all the time, in itself should rub off on Abby. With the inclusion of him and Smith full time I think you will see a much more aggressive Abby and Ericcson.

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Again I love this signing, he just gives it his all out there. He is dog tired at the end of every shift, and for a very good reason. The jump him and Helm would have on the same line would be tremendous.

*edit: They would actually look like a couple pin balls out there, look forward to it!

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If he comes to play every shift with energy and it leads to turnovers resulting into scoring chances, it will be well worth it...

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