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

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K whoever thinks Tootoo is a dirtbag you clearly dont know Tootoo and ur just making assumptions about him

I know 2 different people who have met him and both said the guy was the definition of classy and respectful. One was my friends mother (she's a diehard wing/hockey fan, hates the preds) and she described him as one of the nicest and most polite men she has ever met. I don't remember the whole story of how she ran into him, but something like he ended up going way out of his way to get her a signed puck and stuff. He's been her favorite non-wing for a while now. I think all you Tootoo haters are gonna get to know this guy and really like him.

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K whoever thinks Tootoo is a dirtbag you clearly dont know Tootoo and ur just making assumptions about him

I know 2 different people who have met him and both said the guy was the definition of classy and respectful. One was my friends mother (she's a diehard wing/hockey fan, hates the preds) and she described him as one of the nicest and most polite men she has ever met. I don't remember the whole story of how she ran into him, but something like he ended up going way out of his way to get her a signed puck and stuff. He's been her favorite non-wing for a while now. I think all you Tootoo haters are gonna get to know this guy and really like him.

I'm not talking about Tootoo the person. I'm talking about Tootoo the player. And he's a dirty player.

He's bitten guys, thrown cheap hits, and often drops the gloves and starts swinging before the other guy even realizes he's in a fight.

Like I said, my biggest issue is he's a dirty player and not good defensively.

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I'm not talking about Tootoo the person. I'm talking about Tootoo the player. And he's a dirty player.

He's bitten guys, thrown cheap hits, and often drops the gloves and starts swinging before the other guy even realizes he's in a fight.

Like I said, my biggest issue is he's a dirty player and not good defensively.

oh yeah 100% agreed with you on that one....he's an agitator it's what he does. At least he'll be doing it for us and he has good locker room presence. Some people are talkin like he's locker room cancer and I don't think he is at all.

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The way some are reacting you would've thought we either traded for Chris Pronger or went back to 1999 and signed Claude Lemieux

I would be way more excited if the Wings had signed Pronger (at least a pronger from a few years ago).

He's a player who'd sometimes dirty, but is a talented beast of a defenseman. Tootoo is a 4th line plug who gets more noticed for his cheap hits and that stupid whistle.

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I'm pretty stoked about this pick up because he's a 30-point agitator. He scored more points than Prust and Moen last year. Yeah, he's only 5'9" but he's bloodied 6'3" guys. You guys need to be like Holland and venture "outside your comfort zone." Sometimes you have to risk it to get the biscuit

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Interesting move. I will say this much: Detroit has seen this guy play for years, so he must bring an element they wanted. And frankly, I think his behaviour issues stemmed largely from his addiction problems, which he has been able to overcome. He's come a long way since then, maturity wise.

One thing I am concerned about is that he didn't seem to take kindly to being sat out sometimes in the playoffs, and I'm not sure he'll play every night here, though his salary would suggest he will. That said, he did score 30 points in 77 games this year, so he has the ability to contribute offensively -- more than can be said for many similar kinds of players.

Now Samuelsson...I'm not sure how to rationalize that one...

Hudler Is gone and we need to replace his goal scoring and we got Sammy for cheap. 30 goals at 3 mil is not a bad deal.

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This signing is interesting and very unexpected.... For those that hate Tootoo, think back to when we signed Chelios. I hated him! He was a dirty player but when he became a Red Wings my hate left pretty quickly, This could be the same type of thing and he will add some of the grit we need.

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I like tough gritty, players, but Tootoo is one of my most hated players in the league. Also, I'd say he was more effective as a fighter and a pest several years ago.

Furthermore, as others have said, it'll be harder now to get Parise or Suter.

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Better than a skill-free goon like Konopka but I'd rather have Ott. Interesting signing nonetheless.

ditto.

I kinda like this signing. he's cheap and he adds Babs flexibility to use a player of this type once in a while.

as for opinions about his play... can't say that I've watched a lot of him recently, but I remember him from

the Preds-Wings 2008 playoff series as being the hardest working guy on their team. not just dishing

questionable hits etc. but simply fighting for all the pucks. is he like this AD 2012-13? dunno.

but I certainly would love an inspired gritty player on this team. for $0.6M a year it's a low risk, high reward

scenario. what's not to like?

EDIT: it's $1.9M per year not for all 3. not cheap for a 4th liner (even with the new cap) but I hope

he earns his money...

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Will I like Tootoo as a Wing? Yes....but fans please don't start with the whistle s***...for sure I would not go to the Joe for a game

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I hate him so much, I don't want to win a cup to keep him from winning. I was hoping he wouldn't play another game in the NHL and instead A THREE YEAR CONTRACT HERE?!?!?!

You sir are not a very good fan of the Wings. Tootoo is a Wing now, people need to get over it. Just think of what he may have done to Weber last year had he been on the Wings? I'm sure he would have done a better job than Bert did, even though Bert gave a decent effort.

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fans please don't start with the whistle s***...for sure I would not go to the Joe for a game

I think all Wings fans need to make a formal agreement that anyone blowing one of those stupid ******* things at the Joe gets an immediate beat down. We need to nip that shlt in the bud immediately.

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I am so happy with this signing even to just upset everyone's perfect red wings apple cart. Tootoo brings snarl, hitting and intensity something the wings lack and something I'll enjoy watching. Would everyone prefer some small soft skilled player to this guy on the fourth line? Come on men this is hockey

There's more options than just small soft skill player or cheapshotting 4th liner who's bad defensively.

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Even though he's a dirty player and healthy scratch for the team that knocked us out I'm somewhat content about this signing. He's got an odd likability to him and he gives us some sandpaper.

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I like tough gritty, players, but Tootoo is one of my most hated players in the league. Also, I'd say he was more effective as a fighter and a pest several years ago.

Furthermore, as others have said, it'll be harder now to get Parise or Suter.

All of our signings have zero baring on wether we get Parise or Suter.

I really think he could bring out the best of ABdelkader as well. Having a guy with him who runs around nailing guys and isnt afraid to fight will get Abby more involved and increase team toughness more

See, we can agree on things!

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Assuming Abdelkader is still on the team after we sign or trade other players. It's not written in stone just yet that he or Quincey comes back.

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I've always wanted a player like Tootoo, and received my share of negs for it. I like this signing. He brings energy and speed and is by far the toughest guy we have now.

He has shown good offense instincts in the past, hopefully he can contribute a bit.

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I would imagine he'll wear #22.

Definitely glad we have a little more grit on our team now.

The ONLY person I would hate to see in a Wings jersey would be Pronger... If he ever makes it into the winged wheel somehow... I may just go shoot Ken Holland.

A lot of people said that about Chelios, too.

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I've always wanted a player like Tootoo, and received my share of negs for it. I like this signing. He brings energy and speed and is by far the toughest guy we have now.

He has shown good offense instincts in the past, hopefully he can contribute a bit.

Why does everyone forget about Big Bert? Even with Tootoo out there (who I love by the by so this is sweet!) Big Bert is the most intimidating dude we have by far.

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Better than a skill-free goon like Konopka but I'd rather have Ott. Interesting signing nonetheless.

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Tootoo is an ******* on the ice...which is exactly what this team has been lacking for years. I think he'll end up being a fan favorite in no time.

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I don't mind this signing at all. He'll give the 4th line some identity. Hopefully Abdelkader will follow his lead. He's a hard hitter, drops the gloves, and very annoying.

I like it.

This. Man that 4th line was painful to watch last year with Emmerton and Homer on it. Had no identity and looked irrelevant every time it took the ice. This signing changes that.

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