Tootoo glad to join former rival Red Wings

DETROIT - Jordin Tootoo, who has aggravated the Red Wings as a Nashville Predator, came into Joe Louis Wednesday morning to work out and get his new number 22 jersey. 

The 29-year-old, joined the Red Wings two weeks ago when he agreed to a three-year, $5.7 million contract only moments after free agency opened. The Red Wings appealed to Tootoo because of their history and because he knows he brings something different to their lineup.

"Bottom line is, my foundation is being a physical presence out there, you know, crashing and banging," Tootoo told reporters.

Tootoo spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Nashville Predators, where he became a fan favorite for his rough play. He has 46 goals and 79 assists in his 486 game career. Tootoo also has 725 penalty minutes. In addition, last season, Tootoo set a career high with 24 assists.

Detroit saw him as an important asset to their plans to reshape themselves to be harder to play against in the forthcoming season. They have him slotted to play right wing on the third or fourth line.  

"I think over the last year and a half, everything's just been really falling into place for me," Tootoo said to reporters.

"I feel that I'm in the prime of my career, and this is the place where I feel we're going to win the Stanley Cup."

The Canadian-native said he is in town only for "a short visit." He told reporters he wanted to get acquainted with the organization and his new teammates.

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