NHL Trade Rumor: Might the Nashville Predators Bring Back Jordin Tootoo?

Abelimages

Just a year after one of the most popular players in franchise history left via free agency, might Jordin Tootoo return to Nashville via a trade with Detroit?

FoxSports Detroit is running a story this evening claiming that the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings are talking trade, with Jordin Tootoo's return to Smashville potentially on the table:

An NHL source has confirmed to FoxSportsDetroit.com that the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators have discussed sending Jordin Tootoo back to Music City.

...

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock praised Tootoo's play at the end of last season, saying he provided a gritty physical presence that the Wings have lacked in previous years.

However, the Wings desperately need salary-cap relief, and with Tootoo's hit of $1.9 million for each of the next two years, he's one of the players the Wings are shopping around. Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Cory Emmerton are the others.


Jordin Tootoo

#22 / Right Wing / Detroit Red Wings

5-9

199

Feb 02, 1983


Your In-Depth OTF Analysis

WTF?

This doesn't make the least bit of sense. The Predators are already overloaded with 3rd & 4th line forwards making $1.5 million or more (Tootoo's due $2 million for each of the next two seasons). While you could certainly say that last season's team missed the hard hitting that Tootoo brings to the game, that issue was supposedly addressed with the Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom signings.

So... no thanks. There's just no room for Tootoo in the Nashville lineup these days, and it's hard to see where he'd provide an upgrade over what they've already got in place. I enjoyed Tootoo's style of play as much as anyone, but this Predators team needs more talent at the top of the depth chart, not the bottom.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker