Mar 24, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) and Detroit Wiings right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) fight in the first period at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Expendables: Jordin Tootoo

With the additions of Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss through free agency, the return of injured players, and the promotion of player from the AHL the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to shed salary and create roster space.

Over the next week we will be profiling players who could be traded, placed of waivers, or sent to the AHL.

Jordin Tootoo

HEIGHT: 5′ 9″
AGE: 30
CAP HIT: $1,900,00
STATS: 8 points (3 goals, 5 assist) / 42 games played

Why should the Red Wings keep Jordin Tootoo?

Only Red Wing that plays with an edge.

Made teams and players pay for taking advantage of his teammates.

Consistently fore-checks and back-checks hard, which gives the Wings energy.

Why shouldn’t the Red Wings keep Jordin Tootoo?

He plays over the line at times, which can result in penalties or future suspensions.

Fights at inopportune times, like when he took over Ericsson’s fight which resulted in a third man in penalty for Tootoo and they promptly scored on the ensuing power play.

He is only 5’9″, with skates on, in a growing league where being over 6’0″ is common place.

Cannot play on the penalty kill, which Mike Babcock expects of his bottom six forwards.

Should he be a Red Wing at the being of the regular season?

No. Despite the fact that the East seems to like to fight more often, Jordin Tootoo is not the answer for the Red Wings. The Red Wings have gluttony of bottom six players and someone will have to be move, Tootoo could be the guy.

How do you feel about Jordin Tootoo, should he stay or go?

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