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Jordin Tootoo's possible return to Nashville: Good or bad for the Preds?

When looking at the Nashville lineup, there is one thing fans have not been clamoring for: second and third line forwards. Pred fans, we might be getting another one on the roster. It might be the former fan favorite Jordin Tootoo. reported a source confirming that the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings are in discussion to send the familiar forward back to the Nashville Predators, the team that originally drafted him in 2001. In his one season with the Red Wings, he  played 42 games and one playoff game. He scored three goals on 45 shots and racked up 78 penalty minutes. More importantly, bringing Tootoo back would bring back those annoying Tootoo whistles. (Seriously, that stuff has to go if he comes back. It’s angers me when I hear them.) Below is his stat line for the Red Wings this season.

SEASON    TEAM      GP     G     A     PTS     +/-     PIM      SOG     %   
 12-’13 Detroit 42 3 5 8 0 78 45


If the Predators followed through, the move would bring more depth to the forward side and provide more grit, something head coach Barry Trotz and David Poile have been seeking. However, on a team that needs defensive depth more than offensive depth, this would be a perplexing trade, to say the least. Didn’t the Hendricks and Nystrom signings take care of that need?

Tell us what you think. Would you welcome Jordin Tootoo with open arms or does his departure to the Red Wings leave a bad taste in your mouth? If you think he should be back, what do you think the Predators should trade to get him back?

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  • Dakota

    Bring him back! He wanted more money, we didn’t pay him, Detroit did. He went where he felt was best for his style and where he would actually be in the line up. I welcome him back if it all works out. I’m still a Tootoo fan and always will be, we need someone to bring some life back to this team and he is the answer.

    • Jon

      As a Wings fan I was not very fond of Tootoo when he played for Nashville. But, his first shift with Detroit was enough to convince me he was a good acquisition. He gives 110% every shift, makes the game more exciting, and throws the other team off their game. I was also pleasantly surprised with his offensive ability. I can still picture the goal he scored off a pass from Zetterberg when Babcock put Tootoo out as the extra guy on a delayed penalty. I only wish he would have been given more of an opportunity to play with Detroit. And now with the Wings having so many forwards, unfortunately someone has to go. I would prefer to see a couple other players shipped out myself.

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