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Ravaged by injury, Detroit recalls Tootoo

Dec 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

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Faced with a rash of injuries at forward, the Red Wings recalled veteran winger Jordin Tootoo from AHL Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

Tootoo, 30, was wavied in early November and was shipped to the American League after going unclaimed. He’s scored four points in 12 games with the Griffins and, based on what Mike Babcock said prior the demotion, Tootoo should receive a warm welcome back to the team.

“The situation here is we have too many right wingers,” Babcock explained. “We’re not giving [Tootoo] a fair opportunity.

“He’s done nothing wrong, he’s played hard, he’s been a good teammate.”

The subject of trade rumors for months prior to being waived, Tootoo never really found his niche in Detroit after signing a three-year, $5.7 million deal with the club on the opening day of free agency in 2012.

He appeared in eight games for the Wings this year, going pointless with a minus-4 rating, but is being given a second chance with Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Darren Helm, Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader all sidelined due to injury.

  1. cheliostwin - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Perhaps it is a bit surprising that Tootoo is the seventh forward called up (after Tatar, Nyquist, Emmerton, Glendening, Jurco, and Sheahan) despite beginning the season with the Wings, but the Wings’ biggest problem right now is scoring goals, and Tootoo has never been a prolific goal scorer.
    Maybe this is what the Wings need now, a grittier player, since their two main gritty players (Abdelkader and Helm) are both out with injuries.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I don’t know why they don’t play him more, he’s a good tough forward. And will fight when we need him too. Teams will play dirty against Detroit cuz they know we won’t fight back

    • polegojim - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      I like TooToo… and agree with Babs that he skates hard… but he’s an offensive detriment.

      That’s why they sent him down and have given the guys cheliostwin mentioned a shot.

  3. jhaegs - Dec 19, 2013 at 3:40 AM

    Talk about desperate…

    • polegojim - Dec 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      You say that as if it’s insulting…. it’s not ‘desperation’ it’s necessity.

      The Wings don’t have a choice at this point due to injuries.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    welcome back jordin…

    things have only gotten worse since you left…keep your head straight…only punish those deserving of punishment…or anything numbered 87 or 44

    people taking liberties…forgetting the wolf hiding behind door number three

    feeding time…

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