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Report: Tootoo will join Devils’ camp on tryout basis

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Jordin Tootoo’s path to redemption will take him through New Jersey, according to Sportsnet’s Josh Rimer. He’s reportedly agreed to a professional tryout offer with the Devils.

The 31-year-old forward signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings in the summer of 2012, but he spent the bulk of the 2013-14 campaign in the minors despite Detroit’s injury woes and was bought out in June.

He’s a physical forward that recorded six goals and 30 points in 77 games in his height with the Nashville Predators in 2011-12. He’ll be competing for a third or fourth line spot in New Jersey, although he has his work cut out for him given that the Devils already have 14 forwards signed to one-way contracts as well as young forwards Stefan Matteau and Reid Boucher competing for a spot.

Fellow free agents Scott Gomez and Ryan Carter will also be participating in the Devils’ training camp, so there are no shortage of candidates vying for those final roster spots.

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