No hearing for Tootoo after illegal check to head
Jordin Tootoo won’t receive a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to the head penalty on Mike Kostka last night, a NHL spokesman has confirmed.
Tootoo, currently with the Devils on a professional tryout, was given a two-minute minor penalty for the check at 7:09 in the third period of Monday’s 5-4 win over the Rangers. He proceeded to take four more shifts after the call; Kostka was also able to return to the contest, logging five more shifts.
Tootoo, 31, is looking to catch on with the Devils after spending most of last year with Detroit’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. In June, the Wings bought Tootoo out of the last of his three-year, $5.7 million deal -- making him an unrestricted free agent -- and the Devils invited him to camp in mid-September.