Mikael Samuelsson wasn't the only forward to sign with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday evening. The team also added winger Jordin Tootoo, who is joining the Red Wings on a three-year deal after spending the last eight seasons in Nashville with the division rival Predators. Here are the details on the deal:
TooToo agrees to Detroit.3 years$1.9 per— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2012
Both of these signings really came out of nowhere, and both have garnered a bit of a negative reaction from fans. Before we start freaking out too much, though, here is a solid take on the moves from George Malik:
Tootoo slides in to the fourth line for toughness/grit in Homer's spot and then Sammy fills Hudler's spot.— George Malik (@georgemalik) July 1, 2012
One of the things the Red Wings have been lacking is an agitator, and Tootoo certainly seems like he will do a good job of filling that role on the fourth line. Considering he is only going to cost the Red Wings $1.9 million per season, it's not that bad of a deal (as long as fans don't start bringing whistles to games, that is).