An NHL source has confirmed to FoxSportsDetroit.com that the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators have discussed sending Jordin Tootoo back to Music City.
Tootoo was drafted by Nashville in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and spent the first eight years of his NHL career with the Predators. The Wings signed him as an unrestricted free agent to a three-year, 5.7 million contract on July 1, 2012.
Always a fan favorite, Tootoo is an abrasive player who's more than willing to drop the gloves. In 42 games with Detroit last season, the 5-foot-9, 199-pound winger had three goals, five assists and 78 penalty minutes.
Tootoo appeared in just one playoff game because the Wings didnt want to risk him taking a bad penalty with so much on the line.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock praised Tootoos play at the end of last season, saying he provided a gritty physical presence that the Wings have lacked in previous years.
However, the Wings desperately need salary-cap relief, and with Tootoos hit of...