Tootoo announced his retirement from professional hockey Friday in a post on his personal Twitter account. The 35-year-old acted mainly as an enforcer during parts of 13 seasons in the NHL, which included stops in Nashville, Detroit, New Jersey and Chicago. Across 723 career regular-season contests, Tootoo registered only 161 points (65 goals), instead making his greatest fantasy impact in terms of penalty minutes and hits. He last appeared in the NHL with the Blackhawks in 2016-17, suiting up in 50 games and serving as a bottom-six forward.
The Blackhawks waived Tootoo (upper body) on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports. Tootoo has evidently overcome the upper-body ailment that landed him on long-term injured reserve earlier this season, but the Blackhawks don't have a spot for the gritty winger on their roster, and likely won't at any point this campaign. The 34-year-old forward may opt to hang up his skates and retire from the NHL instead of reporting to Chicago's AHL affiliate.
The Blackhawks placed Tootoo (upper body) on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, Tracey Myers of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Tootoo could return to the big club later this season, but even if he's able to do so, he won't be stepping into a role that will make him a viable fantasy option. The gritty winger can be ignored in all formats.
The Blackhawks placed Tootoo (undisclosed) on long-term injured reserve Tuesday. The nature of Tootoo's ailment remains a mystery, but it became clear that he wouldn't have a meaningful role with the Blackhawks this season after he was waived by the team Monday, so this move makes a lot of sense for Chicago financially. It wouldn't be surprising to see Tootoo announce his retirement after the 2017-18 campaign.
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.
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