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.
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.
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