The purpose of this thread is not to troll Jordin Tootoo as a hockey player or a person. I've done that in the past, but the season has started now, and Tootoo is player for the Red Wings, like it or not.
But given that he played all of 6:57 out of a 65-minute game last night, I really wonder what his role is supposed to be on this team. We all saw the fight at the start of the game. Perhaps you believe that Jordin Tootoo being willing to more or less get his face beat in for his new team "inspired" the Wings to badly out-shoot Columbus in the early going. I'd like to think that after a 6-0 embarrassment against a division rival on Saturday, this team is professional enough to come out stronger next game, with or without the fisticuffs.
But Tootoo is not an "enforcer" like John Scott. He's not even really a "fighter" - more of a pest. And as a avowed Tootoo hater, I thought he actually had some good shifts later in the first, got some shots on net, and showed some of the "pestiness" he was supposedly hired for.
My point is this: If Tootoo isn't going to play on special teams, and is basically a 4th liner who won't see time in one-goal games, is that the best use of a $1.9 million AAC acquisition? I understand there were an absurd number of penalties yesterday. But is this an anomaly, or is Jordin Tootoo regularly going to play less minutes than a guy like Emmerton?