I’m sure the NHL isn’t too thrilled with this page in Jordin Tootoo’s latest book pic.twitter.com/QTi0R0EGrk
– Mike Commito (@mikecommito) December 11, 2023
Because in the margins of his most recent book, which is called Mind Over Matter and came out earlier this year, Tootoo explained why we don’t see anything on his DB Hockey page during the 2017-2018 year.
Basically, we learn that after seeing the Blackhawks submit Tootoo to the waivers, he really didn’t feel like reporting to AHL club Rockford after being ignored.
I did you a favor by signing you because you were caught in terms of signing a veteran.
Now it’s your turn to return the favor. I’m not going to Rockford. My wife is pregnant and due in February. I’m not going back and forth with my family. – Jordin Tootoo
He suggested that the Hawks place him on the LTIR, the long-term injured list, to save himself. This saved him from defaulting on his contract, and the Hawks agreed to “hide” him on the LTIR.
Tootoo showed up in Rockford for one practice anyway. He went there to be deemed “unfit to play” and was placed on the LTIR for the remainder of the season.
He didn’t hear from the Hawks for the rest of the season.
One suspects that Gary Bettman must not be happy to read this. After all, his league is looking pretty bad this morning… even though we suspected that stuff like this was going on.
That said, it’s often the opposite that happens behind closed doors: a club parks a player on the LTIR. Martin St-Louis’ assistant knows all about it… #îleRobidas #MapleLeafs
– Shane Wright is on fire in the AHL.
Shane Wright is on pace for 61 points with Coachella Valley in the AHL.
For reference, if he hits that, he’d tie Patrice Bergeron for seventh among U-20 scorers in a single AHL season.
– Steven Ellis (@SEllisHockey) December 11, 2023
Wonder if Toronto will get carried away with all this. https://t.co/qaZb2mEjrD
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) December 11, 2023
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– Cole Caufield’s former coach has cancer.