Blackhawks add a physical presence with the signing of Jordin Tootoo
CHICAGO – Without Andrew Shaw in the mix, the Blackhawks are missing the enforcer on their front line to provide the “grit” which No. 65 gave to the team over the last few seasons.
One Tuesday the Blackhawks appear to have added some of that back with their latest signing.
The team has announced a one-year deal with forward Jordin Tootoo, who spent the last two years with the Devils and has been known for his physical play since entering the league in 2003.
Tootoo has earned 983 penalty minutes in 673 career game and is well known for his frequent fights during his time with the Predators (2003-2012), the Red Wings (2012-2014) and with the Devils (2014-2016).
Last season Tootoo scored 4 goals and had 5 assists in 66 games with the Devils and that came after a season in which he scored 10 goals in 68 games-the second most of his career.
Those statistics might not trump Tootoo’s importance as a physical presence in the Blackhawks lineup, one that’s lacking after Shaw’s trade to Montreal.