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Tootoo Looks Forward To Rough Times Ahead With Wings

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NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 04: Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators and Derek Morris #53 of the Phoenix Coyotes try to get position in front of goalie Mike Smith #41 in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 04: Jordin Tootoo #22 of the Nashville Predators and Derek Morris #53 of the Phoenix Coyotes try to get position in front of goalie Mike Smith #41 in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bridgestone Arena on May 2, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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Jordin Tootoo said his physical, agitating style of play is in his blood. That’s good for the Red Wings, who needed to be harder to play against by adding some abrasiveness to their bottom six forwards.

“My foundation is being a physical presence, crashing and banging, but at the same time I know I can play in different situations,” Tootoo said. “For me, it’s earning those situations and knowing that if you come to work every day and work hard, good things happen.”

The Wings signed Tootoo to a three-year, $5.7 million free agent contract on July 1. The 5-foot-9, 199-pound right wing had spent his entire eight-year NHL career in Nashville. He fell out of favor with Predators coach Barry Trotz in the playoffs, however, appearing in only three of the team’s 11 games.

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