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Trotz on Tootoo-Miller hit: “Tootoo was trying to do the right thing”

Dec 7, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz has spoken out about the hit Jordin Tootoo laid on Ryan Miller — a hit that earned the Preds forward a two-game suspension.

“My biggest disappointment in the whole thing is I really thought that a guy like Jordin Tootoo was trying to do the right thing, and not run into Miller,” Trotz told The Tennessean. “What he was trying to do was make a hockey play and not run into Miller.”

Trotz’s comments reiterate what Tootoo has maintained since bowling over Miller — the game wasn’t out of hand, there was no intent to injure and he did his best to avoid contact (the attempt to avoid contact was something NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan mentioned in his video.)

“I obviously did my best to jump out of [Miller’s] way,” Tootoo said. “When you’re going that fast and you get a little nudge from your back right on your hips, in that split second it changes a lot of momentum. I tried to leap out of the way. If I wanted to bury [Miller], my feet would be planted and I would be in a hockey stance.”

Trotz did say Tootoo’s reputation for dirty play and the timing of the hit — it was Miller’s first game back after missing eight games with a concussion from the Milan Lucic incident — probably played a role in the suspension.

“I wouldn’t say Jordin’s an angel. He’s taken some runs over the years over guys,” Trotz said. “But in the last couple of years his game is refined a little bit. He still plays hard and he still bumps into people and what have you, but I wouldn’t say he goes out of his way to hurt people.”

  1. govtminion - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    And by ‘do the right thing’, he means ‘do your best James Harrison impression and try to record a sack on Miller.’

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Ohhh, he was trying to heroically leap clean OVER him. That makes so much more sense. Obviously, his suspension is an overreaction.

    Give me a fucking break. He knows what he did.

  3. wez99 - Dec 7, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    If he wanted to plow miller he would of never left his feet?? No, leaving the feet would cause a bigger hit, but why not try sliding out? Miller would of welcomed that a lot better than you trying to throw your body at his head

  4. canucks18 - Dec 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    You bunch of little crybabies… Waaaaaaaaa

  5. jlindsay24 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Here’ my post on the subject: http://nhloutsider.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/open-season-on-goalies/

  6. ndrick731 - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    He was trying a scientific experiment. He was seeing one solid can pass through another solid. I guess his coach has to defend him but Stevie Wonder could see that he made no effort to avoid running over Miller.

  7. buffalomafia - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Ever since Miller got married he is being a pussy! Take your licks like a man! Before Miller got hit in the Boston game he already had his elbow up! Tootoo was pushed into him!

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