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Jordin Tootoo vents about being a healthy scratch

Apr 20, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

Gabriel Bourque, Jordin Tootoo, Paul Gaustad AP

Jordin Tootoo has been limited to all of 6:04 minutes of playing time in Nashville’s first round series. He’s spent three of their four playoff games in the press box. What has been the Predators’ rationale for that?

“I was told that my play towards the end of the season was awful and they got to go with the guys that are going (well),” Tootoo said. “Inconsistency I guess.”

Tootoo thinks the way to get out of that slump is to play through it, but the Predators have thus far been unwilling to do that. It’s hard to blame them, the playoffs aren’t the time to let someone work through a cold streak. However, Tootoo sounds well beyond the point of frustration.

“You can practice all you want, but at the end of the day it’s about playing the games and showing up and doing the right things and just being a professional about it,” Tootoo said. “For me, (expletive), you can only get bag-skated so much and mentally it’s (expletive), it’s straining, it’s frustrating.”

For his part, Predators coach Barry Trotz said that Tootoo has been working hard during practice. Tootoo is still an option, but who knows how long it’ll be before he’s used again. For Tootoo, waiting seems to be a difficult task at this point.

“When you get shut down and told you’re not playing, it (expletive) burns,” Tootoo said. “After doing everything right, it just (expletive). … I’m (ticked) off because I’m not able to do what I love to do and that’s playing the game.”

  1. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    You’re welcome to come to the sharks next year.

  2. vshehane - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I hate this for Toots. He is easily the most popular player on the team and has contributed so much to building the fan base for Nashville. I can’t imagine him in a different jersey. Hang in there Toots, we love you!

  3. bearsnbills - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Shut up Tootoo! Team is more important than your playing time. Realize your role and move on!

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I though the guy had to be hurt, and now this…? Jordan Tootoo and Mike Fisher are the only two players on the team that make you sit up and take notice [ for all the ballyhoo over Weber, the guy’s invisible unless he’s reinventing the WWF ]! Not to denigrate the other players who are all worthy plugs, but the only guy on the team with a hockey player’s heart willing to hang it out game in and game out is Jordan…he’s just plain exciting to watch! Of course Trotz doesn’t want excitement, he wants bland five men back hockey to keep the somnolent south sleepy and sleepier. Lightning [ a misnomer if there ever was one ] and Predators, the best cure for insomnia anywhere…

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