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Tootoo calls out Flyers’ Newbury for ‘gutless play’

Oct 13, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

Newbury slash

It’s been a rough start to the season for Philadelphia and Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings was no exception. With the Flyers down 5-2 in the dying seconds of the third period, Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo delivered a hard hit to Kris Newbury.

The Flyers forward responded by chasing Tootoo and slashing him from behind. Tootoo went down and eventually exited the game about 19 seconds before the contest’s conclusion. He was back on the ice for the Red Wings’ practice on Sunday though and says he’s fine.

Tootoo claims the two players don’t have a history — he wasn’t even sure who Newbury was. He certainly has an opinion on him now though.

“It’s just uncalled for when a guy’s got your back to him,” Tootoo told MLive. “That’s just like a gutless play. But whatever, we got the two points. Today’s a new day and move on from the situation.”

Newbury was assessed a two-minute minor for his actions, the Flyers’ league-leading 39th minor penalty in just six games. Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube commented after the game that his team has to “stop taking penalties.”

You can view the incident below:

  1. thesportsjudge - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Pot meet kettle.

  2. goalieguy37 - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    i love the look on newbury’s face when tootoo is staring him down in the box.

  3. curioustraveler13 - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    The fact that guys like rosehill, Newbury, and Rinaldo find space on the flyers roster speaks volumes to this current team. If berube is serious about cutting down the penalties his team takes then he would cut the dead weight, but he won’t. He likes the “energy” they bring too much. That play was gutless.

    • flyerspsu - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      rinaldo definitely deserves a spot on the team as a regular, the other 2 not so much, i cant remember disliking a Flyers as much as I do Newbury, the guy is just a useless punk

  4. sjsharks66 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    To be honest, when I saw tootoo on the ice I said to myself, “what a surprise, flyers being goons before a loss”. Then they replayed the slash.

    Really Tootoo? Sold that one good. Really was not bad at all. Sorry to the flyers fans for my quick to judge attitude.

    • stakex - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Ok, come play hockey with me and I’ll two hand you in the back of the leg… even just a little chop, and we’ll see if you still think he’s diving. My guess is no.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        I’ve played hockey my whole life and have takin that slash many of times and he dove and sold the sh*t outta that. He didn’t hit him hard at all and there pads close up more of the back of the leg then mine. All’s he was doin was givin him a little tap too to rile him up, he wasn’t swinging for the fences.

    • petemagoop - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      anyone who thinks Tootoo would dive up 5-2 with less than a minute left in the game is obviously new to the sport

    • flyerspsu - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      dont let whatever Newbury do represent the Flyers, this is his 1st year with team and he just switches off with Rosehill on random nights to play, the guy is garbage

      • flyerspsu - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        newbury does*

  5. jhaegs - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Exactly. You play like Tootoo does for so long, then you have to know it’s going to catch up with you. I’ve kept an eye on this guy ever since he went high on Colaiacavo, and knocked him out for most of the season. How does a little midget get so many headshots on guys? I can’t wait until someone catches him sleeping and ends his pitiful career…

  6. ibieiniid - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    curioustraveler… the flyers have been getting rid of that dead weight for the past couple seasons. zolnierczyk (sp) and Shelley come to mind. I almost didn’t even reply because you included Rinaldo in there still… but I did.

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      Rinaldo has played 104 games has 15 points 330 penalty minutes is a career -10, and has been suspended twice I believe. How exactly is that beneficial to a roster. You might of got rid of Shelley and Harry z but you replaced them with equally if not worse players. The game is evolving and skilled players should be playing over all the players I listed above. You would think simmonds, hartnell, and talbot add enough grit to the lineup. Heck even hall is a gritty player who is only capable of a 4th line spot due to his face off ability.

      • biasedhomer - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        How is the game evolving?
        Last checked, pretty much every team has at least one tough guy/goon on their team. Guys like Orr, Rosehill, Asham, etc are still in this league. Useless players but teams still have them.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

        One not 3 and 4. You mean to tell me simmonds, talbot, hall, aren’t good enough to “enforce” if the rare situation arrises. There aren’t incidents in every game. Those guys will soon be extinct.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        yeah it’s easy to say a tough guy is a bad player when you cite his point production and PAST suspensions…. but where’s he sit on the checking charts? the top. there’s always room for a guy who can make the other team scared to play with him. and a -10 for a career 4th liner isn’t bad at all.

      • ibieiniid - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        and it’s not the flyers fault they have to deal with Pronger’s cap hit every year. it’d be nice if we could get rid of guys like Zolnierczyk and Shelley and fill the spots with scorers, but the flyers simply don’t have the budget to get scoring forwards to wait until they can take Pronger off the cap every year.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        It is the flyers fault. The NHL gave them TWO buyouts to use, but your GM is soo bad he had to use those on 2 other contracts that were terrible. He could of used one on pronger but he didn’t . I personally don’t fear Rinaldo because my favorite teams chances of going on the powerplay increase when he’s on the ice. Tanner glass hits just as often as Rinaldo has 200 more games played and 40 more penalry minutes. Also it’s not wrong for me bring up his past suspensions considering he’s had multiple and is only 2 years in the league. His hits are more reckless then anything.

      • flyerspsu - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        rinaldo has been suspended once. not twice. and that was a bogus suspension when he hit ericsson and Shanahan said everything about the hit was legal except that rinaldo launched, his skates were still on the ice at point of impact, but rinaldo just launched up a bit and destroyed the unsuspecting ericsson, didnt even catch the head, it was more that rinaldo was skirting along the line a lot and shanahan finally just gave him a suspension to try to teach him something

        rinaldo definitely deserves a spot on the team, have you watched him game in game out over the last 2 years? no, but us flyers fans have and the vast majority agree he deserves a spot

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 14, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        I have watched him play over the past 2 years. I have center ice and watch alot of the flyers games. He takes more penalties then he’s worth. 330 penalty minutes in 104 games is ridiculous. That stat alone show he’s hurting his team. He might hit good but so do a lot of players who take way less penalties. He’s not a contributor on the PK because he’s usually in the box. He doesn’t play on the power play because he’s not gifted offensively. Hits aside what good does Rinaldo bring to the team? Don’t forget the elbow to grabovski he didn’t get suspended for. He’s a controversial player at best who tries to be a pest in a era where that type of player is going out of style.

  7. President Charles Logan - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Rosehill is kind of useless , he cant skate , he cant catch a guy to even lay a good hit on him .. Rinaldo has some skill on the forecheck Rosehill has nothing … taking up space .

  8. LampyB - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Whatever the only thing that matters is how bad philly is. Worst organization ever. They needed to reduce penalties dating back three years or so. The team has their heads in their asses.

  9. kmacdc2 - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Rinaldo adds a lot to the flyers He’s a high energy guy who’s really cut down on dumb penalties . Rosehill is an enforcer who should only be dressed against teams with heavys Newberry is a fourth line grinder every team has these guys on their squad

  10. stakex - Oct 13, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Think its a dive or not (its not), its still really is a gutless play to chop someone in the leg like that. Get in the mans face and drop the gloves if you have an issue with him, don’t give him some pansy ass cheap shot like that.

  11. sjsharks66 - Oct 14, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Stakex so you are telling me the slash to Thornton a few years ago against Detroit that lead to the greatest dive of all time, was not a dive? Tootoo sold that really well, he even fooled you.

  12. lilroot9 - Oct 14, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    So does he get suspended for the rest of the pre-season too? No, wait, he only slashed him once, so they will only fine him $1.50, in pennies, to make it difficult for him. The NHL League is a joke.

  13. blue21c - Oct 14, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    How does it feel when the shoe is on the other foot, Tootoo YOU SCHMUCK!!!!!!!!

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