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Dorsett calls Tootoo ‘cheap’ and ‘irrelevant’, calls for suspension (w/video)

Feb 22, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

Derek Dorsett is clearly not a Jordin Tootoo fan.

The Blue Jackets forward was livid following his club’s 3-2 win on Thursday after a first-period fight he thought was going to be against Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson — but ended up being against Tootoo:

Here’s Dorsett’s emotional reaction, from the Columbus Dispatch:

“You think you’re fighting a 6-5 Ericsson and then Jordin Tootoo comes in and sucker punches you. But that’s just Jordin Tootoo. You expect those kind of things from him.”

The shot from Tootoo bloodied Dorsett’s nose, which appeared askew afterward (“It’s probably broken,” Dorsett said after the game.).

“(Ericsson) and I were backing away. Tootoo was just being himself, being the cheap player that he is and coming in swinging. In my eyes, that should be a suspension.

“Those are the type of things that they’re trying to get out of the game but he’s an irrelevant player, so it doesn’t even matter.”

Dorsett and Tootoo were both given a five-minute fighting majors on the play, while Tootoo got an extra 10-minute misconduct and two-minute instigating minor.

  1. zetaone - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

  2. polegojim - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Irrelevant enough to bloody you with one shot… that was not a sucker punch.

    You were looking right at him and watched it the whole way.

    • rarelyshaves - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      polegojim confirmed for having never been in or witnessed a fight

      • polegojim - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Yawn….and wrong…. try shaving

  3. bensawesomeness - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Tootoo gets under your skin and makes you hate playing against him. We went through it for 8 years when he was in Nashville, i’m glad to see that he’s still doing the same when he’s on our team.

    I don’t want him playing dirty – don’t go running into Ryan Miller or anything – but the fact that he bugged Dorsett THIS much, is worth it

  4. elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Ericsson was already dropping the gloves with Dorsett (at least in the process of) so shouldn’t they get the original fighting majors? Then shouldn’t Tootoo get a penalty for being 3rd man in?

    Either way, hardly that interesting, Tootoo was stepping in so Ericsson wouldn’t have to fight but he was too late. Tootoo pushed Dorsett away from Ericsson, and Dorsett should be ready for anything at that point, but still got hit by a punch that bloodied his nose. Oh well.

    • stakex - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Well, yes and no. Since Ericsson and Dorsett hadn’t actually started fighting when Tootoo jumped in and it still ended up being a one on one fight…. so its really not 3rd man in. If Dorsett was activly fighting Ericsson (they were pushing a bit, but far from fighting) and Tootoo jumped in, then it would have been a 3rd man in.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

        My understanding is once players drop their gloves, it’s considered a fight. I can see the argument against it too, however.

  5. 0ffsides - Feb 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    So it’s not cheap to punch Tootoo while he’s being held down by the linesman? Hypocrite, you’re the one that should be looking at a suspension.

    While it is true you were going to square off with Ericsson, Tootoo stepped in as he is more “irrelevant” to a team decimated by injuries, especially on the blueline than would be to have a top four defenceman sitting in the box for fighting your sorry butt!

    • eggserino - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

      You mean against Columbus’s #1 center?!

      • 0ffsides - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        Columbus’s #1 centre? The guy wouldn’t be able to crack the lineup in Grand Rapids.

  6. stakex - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    It might have been a bit of a cheap play by Tootoo to jump in on a guy whos clearly getting ready to fight someone else. However, the shot that hit Dorsett wasn’t a sucker punch at all and the extra 2 and a 10 for instigating seems about right.

    • eggserino - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      If they’ve both dropped the gloves, they’re in a fight. Tootie was the third man in. That’s a 10 and an automatic game, so it seems that you’re wrong.

  7. kgun80 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Tootoo did his job.. He was definitely 3rd man in.. Dorsett definitely had no chance to square up. It definitely was a cheap shot but that’s his job. Why let Erricson get a penalty?

  8. sjsharks66 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    A suspension? Cry me a river, you lost. It happens, get over it.

    • eggserino - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Refs had it wrong. If they would’ve tossed him, people wouldn’t be so worked up…

  9. letthecoldcome - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Ericsson had no intent on dropping his gloves with that scrub. Detroit is already dead on defense. Tootoo did his job; put himself in the box, rather than Ericsson.

    Not to mention……..when you both drop the gloves at the same time and you get popped, how is that a cheap shot? Accept the fact that you got beat up. Now hitting someone when they’re on the ice with a ref on top of them is a cheap shot. Dickhead.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Ericsson was popping him in the head already. And watch Ericsson throughout this…he’s STILL moving toward him even when he and Tootoo go down…and then throws his hands up because he KNOWS it was his fight and he just got third-manned.

  10. eggserino - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    kgun80 had it right. How Tootoo doesn’t get a third man in and a game in that situation boggles my mind. Ericsson had already dropped the gloves…

  11. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Tootoo has always been a cheap player, whether it’s his patented big hits, which generally come after about 7 strides and him jumping into the hit, or him sucker punching an opponent, that’s who he is, it’s been that way since he came into the NHL.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      tootoo, hmm the same guy that tried to take tarasenko’s head off in the very first game of the season? if tarasenko hadnt ducked out of the way at the last second tootoo would have put his head through the glass, cause it sure looked like he was trying to.

  12. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Third man in period. Anyone who thinks its not is clearly a Detroit fan.

  13. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Dorsett sounds just like someone who had his nose spread all over his face…oh wait, he did? What a whinging twit…thought he was going to feast on Ericsson [ expected to produce the same result ]then found Tootoo primed and ready to dance, too funny…

  14. jburrell4 - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Yeah! Remember that time Tootoo tried to hit Terasenko a month ago but missed?! Yeah! Poor Blues fans trying to stay relevant…. You get a ‘yawn’ too, buddy…

  15. toddytd - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    “You think you are fighting 6-5 Ericsson” he says. If you are going to say something was a cheap shot say it was a cheap shot we dont need the guy you didnt fights bio because you think it makes you look better. Speaking of irrelevant players how about that Derek Dorsett?

  16. letthecoldcome - Feb 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Always love the solid input from Hockeywithdrawl………….

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      You have more comments on me, than the article? Two players engaged (no way to say they weren’t engaged simply because their gloves weren’t off yet….NO ONE was even looking at Tootoo…then he cheap shots the guy before he even turns to face him?

      Love to hear about how that is ok by you – maybe cheap shots in general are ok by you. If it’s the fact that someone has an opinion outside of yours, then eff off.

  17. tyler4richardson - Feb 23, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    You’re relevant when your opponents are talking about you out of frustration.

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