Jordin Tootoo is the type of player you love to hate, but would love to have on your team. But the initial reaction from fans of the Detroit Red Wings — who signed Tootoo to a three-year deal with a $1.9 million annual cap hit — may put that theory to the test.
Tootoo is a crap disturber, a pest, a tenacious player that'll go over the edge (or over Ryan Miller) to make a play. He's been suspended, he's battled substance abuse and had ex-girlfriend and American Idol Kellie Pickler call him out in public. He's had his wars with the Red Wings during his eight years with the Nashville Predators — honestly, who shoves Datsyuk?
So as Red Wings fans processed the return of Mikael Samuelsson to the fold for 2 years and $6 million, they were also struggling with Jordin Tootoo wearing the Winged Wheel for the next three years.
Jordin Tootoo is a Red Wing for three years. He will get paid an average of $1.9M for each of those three years. I will spend every single one of those games listening for a person blowing one of those stupid whistles in the crowd and praying that they get tuberculosis of the colon.
Tootoo could add a little grit and meanness to the team but I am concerned sometimes when an abrasive player is added to our finesse team…but, the league is heading in that direction so maybe we have to keep up.
He's a pretty expensive 4th liner. Tootoo has spent enough time terrorizing the Wings over the years, so I suppose it's better to have him on our side. And if ANY of you bring that stupid train whistle to the game, I will END YOU.
Absolutely despise the Tootoo signing. I honestly dislike this player and I'm not sure I'll be able to set that aside.
Finally, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, via Helene St. James, on Tootoo:
"We're stepping out of our comfort zone."
Red Wings fans: "So say we all."