I honestly thought Tootoo would be a regular for the Wings, it wouldnt suprise me to see him traded in the offseason, expecially if he is riding the bench.
I don't see that. Tootoo brings energy to the garden-variety games. They need someone to ramp it up and bring extra spark on the average Tuesday in February against the Panthers (or equally boring game where it's hard to get psyched up, but we still need the two points).
No one needs motivation to get ramped up during the playoffs.
Regular season games need a player with some edge and energy. During the playoffs, everyone has edge and energy.
If we had faced a team of dirty players out there pile-driving our players and getting away with it, Toots would be out there to "keep the flies off". As it is, despite some questionable hits from other teams which may or may not have been called, no one is out banging Z's head into anything as time expires.
If that sort of thing happens, and the guys who are on the ice can't handle it, then bring Tootoo in for one game to sort things out.
During the regular season, you need to send a message to all of the other teams that you won't stand for such things. During the playoffs, you battle one team at a time, and react to what that particular team is doing at that particular time.
At this point, the Hawks haven't been doing anything that requires getting a fighter out there, and the Wings, aside from being gassed in game 1, haven't needed the extra energy.
For all we know, he's being like Downey in 2008 and providing the on-going encouragement during practice and down-times, and being the team's positive cheer-leader and motivator, as well as providing depth in the event of injury.
Side note from Hamsterland: Yes, Andrew is the full name of Drew. The late, great hamster (who died the day the playoffs started) was addressed as Drew, as is the man on the ice who recently scored a goal.
There is one variable the esteemed writer for the most important paper ever, the Chicago Tribune, forgot to present us with in his infamous hammer and nail parable. What if, and I'm just spitballing this, what if the hammer is in fact a BALL PEEN HAMMER? That DOES change things.
I love Tootoo. Heck, I named my new hamster after him. If that's not love, what is?
It's not that I don't want to see Tootoo, it's that I don't see how putting him in would improve what we have.
Our first and third lines are pretty much untouchable. That leaves the second line, where he doesn't belong, and the fourth line, which consists of Eaves, Emmerton, and Miller.
Emmerton is the weak link on that line-and I'm in no way saying that he's been bad, just that he's not as good as the other two- but he's a centre. If Miller had a history of flipping between centre and RW, I'd say, "why not?" But that's not the case.
Also we have the Todd and the Shinguard Assassin in the press box as well. I'd put them in before Tootoo.
If someone goons things up and we need Tootoo's skill set, by all means, put him in. If (God forbid) we get injuries, I'm glad he's there. As it stands, as much as I love him, there just isn't a place for him that can't better be filled by someone else.
Two old ladies were at a bus stop smoking cigarettes when it started to rain. The first lady said, "Oh, no, now our cigarettes will get wet."
The second one said, "No they won't." She reached into her purse and pulled out two condoms and a manicure scissors. She snipped the ends off the condoms and unrolled them over the cigarettes. "See? We just roll them up as we smoke, and our cigarettes stay nice and dry."
The first lady is impressed. "What are these and where did you get them?" she asked.
"They're called condoms and you can get them in any pharmacy." the other replied.
A few weeks later, the first lady was standing at a bus stop and it started raining. She remembered the condoms and happened to be near a pharmacy. She went in and asked the pharmacist, "Do you sell condoms?"
The pharmacist wondered what an 80-year-old lady would need them for, but, being a professional, he replied, "Yes, ma'am. Is there any particular kind you want?"
The old lady thought about it and replied, "I guess it doesn't matter, just so long as it will fit on a camel."