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Report: Red Wings talking to Predators about Tootoo

Jordin Tootoo, Erik Johnson

Detroit Red Wings right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) tries to maintain control of the puck against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, April 1, 2013, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Detroit’s Jordin Tootoo has only played for two teams in his NHL career and he might be headed back to where it all started.

According to Ansar Khan of, the Detroit Red Wings are in talks with the Nashville Predators about sending Tootoo back to Music City U.S.A. Khan says the Wings need to move a forward (or two) and sending Tootoo back to Nashville would be a comfortable move for him.

Ah, but there’s a catch. A couple of them actually.

The Predators also have an abundance of forwards after signing four of them this summer (Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom, Matt Hendricks, and Viktor Stalberg). All told they’ve got 14 guys up front and just under $5 million in salary cap space. Tootoo and his $1.9 million cap hit the next two seasons might not make a great fit there.

Detroit is going to have to make a move at some point, but if it turns out to be Tootoo going back to Nashville there could be some Preds fans surprised to see him back.