Tootoo (illness) is expected to be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Islanders. Tootoo's inclusion in Friday evening's lineup is more out of necessity than anything else, as the Blackhawks will be without forwards Artem Anisimov (lower body) and Nick Schmaltz (illness) against the Isles. Tootoo will slot into a bottom-six role for the contest, skating with Andrew Desjardins and Dennis Rasmussen on Chicago's fourth line. The veteran enforcer has zero points in 36 games with the Blackhawks this season, so he isn't worth owning in season-long formats.
Tootoo (illness) signed a one-year extension worth $700,000 on Tuesday, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports. The veteran forward has rotated in and out of the lineup all season long, going pointless in 36 contests. It would be slightly unfair to say that Tootoo has played poorly this season, as he's filled the role he was expected to play, but it's highly doubtful that the Hawks would have offered him an extension without the summer's expansion draft looming. With Tootoo signed through 2017-18, Chicago will now be able to protect 2013 first-round pick Ryan Hartman, who's scored 15 goals in his debut campaign.
Tootoo (illness) missed Sunday's practice with the same illness that forced him to miss Saturday's practice as well, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports. It seems likely that the winger will miss Sunday's game if this bug is serious enough to make him miss two days of practice. He's been a healthy scratch for most of the last two months, so his presence won't be missed much.
Tootoo was sick for Saturday's practice, Brian Hedger of 670 The Score reports. Tootoo wasn't expected to be in the starting rotation regardless of his illness, so it's doubtful he plays Sunday against the Blues. The 34-year-old blueliner hasn't recorded a point in his 36 appearances this year, where he has only averaged 6:32 of ice time anyways. This kind of ice time doesn't warrant a start in any leagues.
Tootoo has yet to tally a single point through 35 games this season. Tootoo has had some value in leagues that count PIM in the past due to his desire to drop the gloves, but his 16 PIM through 35 games with Chicago this campaign simply won't cut it. His lack of contributions in peripheral categories coupled with his non-existent offensive production keeps him from being a viable option in any fantasy format.
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