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 was waived by Chicago on Monday, Rick Ralph of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
Though Tootoo managed to score 30 points in 2011-12, he's been a grinding, energy guy for the entirety of his career. With the league trending towards youth, speed and skill, there isn't much room in the NHL for the 34-year-old. If the former Predator goes unclaimed, he'll likely be assigned to AHL Rockford for the start of the season.
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 practice Sunday for the second day in a row, 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, anyway.
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 anyway. 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.
Tootoo (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Panthers.
Tootoo is a gritty player who isn't afraid to drop the gloves, but he isn't a viable option in most fantasy formats, as he's yet to tally a single point while averaging just 6:59 of ice time over 18 games this season. The 33-year-old winger will slot into a bottom-six role against Florida.
Tootoo (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Kings, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
Tootoo's absence will take a little grit out of Chicago's lineup, but likely won't be felt by fantasy owners, as the veteran winger has failed to tally a single point while averaging just 6:59 of ice time over 18 games this season.
Tootoo (illness) took part in the Blackhawks' morning skate, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Tuesday night's home matchup with the Flyers, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.
The 'Hawks will be happy to have the gritty winger in the lineup Tuesday against a physical Flyers team, but this confirmation of Tootoo's availability shouldn't have any fantasy impact. The 33-year-old winger has averaged just 6:27 of ice time through the first three games, so it's hard to imagine a situation where an owner might have any use for him.
Tootoo is suffering from an illness that leaves his status for Tuesday's game against the Flyers in question, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Tootoo rarely took the ice in the first two games of the season, but saw 10:38 of ice time against Nashville on Saturday. The winger has yet to tally a point this season, and his lack of ice time leaves him undesirable in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. If he's unable to go Tuesday, the Blackhawks are expected to dress seven defensemen.
Tootoo (wrist) inked a one-year contract with Chicago on Tuesday.
Tootoo missed the final 22 games of the season due to a wrist injury but is expected to make a full recovery. Generally considered more of an enforcer than a scorer, the veteran winger will add some toughness to the Blackhawks. Unless fantasy owners are looking for PIM, the 33-year-old had 102 last year, they will want to consider leaving him unclaimed when draft season comes around.
Tootoo (upper body) will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign after undergoing surgery on his right wrist.
Tootoo will finish the season having notched just nine points (four goals, five assists) over 66 games, adding 102 penalty minutes but a brutal minus-26 rating. The 33-year-old should be ready for the beginning of next season, but doesn't produce consistently enough for consideration in most leagues.
Tootoo (upper body) will be re-evaluated at some point this week, Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger reports.
Tootoo remains on a bit of an open-ended timetable, but the re-evaluation should provide a bit more clarity on him moving forward. He likely remains out for the near future at a minimum, which will leave the Devils' forward ranks further depleted. Tootoo provides little offensive production even when healthy, so his status shouldn't worry many fantasy owners.
Tootoo (upper body) will sit out again Thursday against the Wild, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Tootoo's specialty comes in being physical, collecting 99 hits and 102 penalty minutes through 66 contests this season. He's added nine points over that span, but it's probably not enough to make him fantasy-relevant in the majority of leagues. The veteran winger's next chance to return comes Saturday against the Blue Jackets, but the team should update his status when he's fit to return.
Tootoo (upper body) will skip out again Monday against the Ducks, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Tootoo's absence will stretch to at least two games with him being ruled out Monday, but just nine points and 11:32 of average ice time over 66 games doesn't exactly spell fantasy-relevance anyway. He's seen even less time recently, playing just 8:05 against the Sharks and 7:18 against the Penguins in the two games prior to the injury. Expect another update on the winger when he's fit to rejoin the lineup, with his next chance arriving Thursday against the Wild.
Tootoo is dealing with an upper-body injury that will keep him from playing the Devils on Saturday night.
Tootoo is the type of player who really gets under the skin of opponents, a trait that would have come in handy against LA's offense, which ranks 13th in the NHL. This ailment seemed to come out of nowhere, but Tootoo can be considered day-to-day ahead of Monday's road match with the Ducks.