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Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

Posted on: October 30, 2011 3:41 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2011 3:45 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Nashville Predators have one of the best pests in hockey in Jordin Tootoo. He knows how to get under opposing players' skin.

Take Saturday night's example against the Anaheim Ducks. Tootoo was very active in the third period, drawing a couple of penalties. None was more discussed than the slash he took from Corey Perry.

Have a look at the play for yourself.

I couldn't help but chuckle a little to myself seeing Perry's reaction to Tootoo's fall to the ice. He's standing by him not in an attempt to deny his guilt, but rather you can just see him thinking to himself: "Really?!?"

He wasn't the only one thinking that way. It set off Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf. Apparently he won't be buying Tootoo any postgame beers in the near future. Here is what he told Eric Stephens of the O.C. Register after the game.

“We keep talking about all this stuff and changing rules and head shots and all that kind of stuff,” Getzlaf said. ”That’s not the stuff that’s hurting our game. It’s the lack of respect on the ice. I’m tired of watching Jordin Tootoo out there, a guy who runs around and hits and does everything else but the first little slash, he’s laying on the ice and he’s out the next shift.

“It’s embarrassing and I’m sick of it. If they want to change the game and they want things to be better and they want more respect on the ice, get guys like that off the ice then. I’m sick of it.”

Needless to say, Getzlaf didn't see it as a dive worthy of a 9.8 from the judges. It was lacking a little, shall we say, artistic merit.

Getzlaf continued by explaining where the anger was coming from.

“It started in the playoffs last year,” he said. ”This isn’t the Anaheim Ducks complaining. This is me. I think it’s embarrassing for our game that a guy like that is out on the ice taking a slash ... yes, he got slashed. Guys get slashed every single shift. They don’t lay on the ice and flop around and embarrass themselves. And I hate that part of our game.

“The refs, they can only call what they see,” he said. “I don’t expect the referees to be able to differentiate all the time. It’s hard. It’s not their fault. That was a high stick at the end. He took a good, hard high stick and he went down. I don’t fault him for that.

“I know what it’s like to get hit in the face. He went down hard. That’s not the play I’m talking about. A high stick in the face is a high stick in the face. It hurts. And it’s a reaction. When a guy slashes you on the hand or the pant or something and you flop on the ice and lay there for two minutes, it’s embarrassing.”

Embarrassing (times four), sick of it (times two), flop (also times two), hurting the game. Wow. He didn't really hold back anything, did he?

Whether Tootoo flopped or not, it clearly shows he has the ability to irritate like any good pest would, drawing penalties as well as heat off the ice.

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Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

Tootoo is an agitator and a bad actor, let's be real, there are plenty of guys in the league who take the same role and have a fine career.  To hear Getzlaf complaining kind of rubs me the wrong way.  Getzlaf is like the D-Wade or Kobe of hockey.  He has great skills, but whines and cries when anyone bumps into him or actually plays defense on him.  He probably wastes 5 minutes of ice time per game with his cry baby questioning of the officials. 

How could anyone possibly think that an agitator like Tootoo is a bigger problem in the NHL than potential career ending blows delivered to blindside to players heads?  This just shows what an idiot Getzlaf really is.............how about look out for your fellow players health and wellfare and not so much a guy that bothers you.........by the way, I am sure Getzlaf is not exactly "liked" by many in the league.




Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

I notice that it is the Detriot or Penguins fans that jump up first on stuff like this



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:45 am
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

Lemieux was one of the biggest cry-babies of all time.  Wayne never carried on like that.  And Mario's boy Sidney is just as bad - always has that look on his face like  someone pooped in this mouth



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

This coming from one of the most dirtiest team (not player) but team in the league. Getzlaf needs to shut his pie hole and try and convince me he isn't a dirty player. Get a clue Getzlaf.



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

Also when has Getz been labeled as a dirty player? answer that



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

People hate the Ducks cause they make the playoffs year in year out
Perry is a great player and that "dirty" player was the MVP last year so whatever
Getz was right there is slashing on every shift and thoses defending Tootoo must not have seen him play very long cause he plays the same game cooke does   



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

That wasn't a slash. It was a dig with the toe of his stick. Looked like Tootoo took it in the stomach. WAWAWAWA! Figth and be done with it!. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

This is almost as bad as last year when Mario Lemieux started complaining about head shots.  This after his team signed then gave a contract 
extension to the worst (or BEST) head shot artist in the game.  Just like Lemieux, Getzlaf and the Ducks live by the other 'golden rule'. 
Horrible analogy. Lemieux publicly told Cooke to change the way he plays or leave. Lemieux is constrained from imposing his own sanctions against Cooke because of the CBA. Lemieux did, however, support the league's suspension of Cooke. Finally, they signed and gave a contract extension to Cooke because he is one of the best role players and penalty killers in the NHL, not because he has a propensity for delivering head shots. But I'm guessing you're a Wings fan / Pens hater, so this will probably fall on deaf ears (or blind eyes).



Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

This is almost as bad as last year when Mario Lemieux started complaining about head shots.  This after his team signed then gave a contract 
extension to the worst (or BEST) head shot artist in the game.  Just like Lemieux, Getzlaf and the Ducks live by the other 'golden rule'. 


Do unto others UNTIL done onto you. 


If Getzlaf and Co. don't want that type of play in the league the should get their own house in order first.


  Tootoos bigger issue is his charging.  He flys across the rink and then jumps into other players in a text book charge many times a game.  Watching the Wings play the Preds, Tootoos diving doesnt come into play that often cause The Wings tend to be more disciplined.  Where as the Ducks play a more physically emotional game and respond more to his antics.




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:53 am
 

Getzlaf on Tootoo: Get guys like that off the ice

Tootoo is sober now, maybe he never realized how much the slashes hurt before, give the guy a break.

Getzlaf should shut his mouth given some of his teammates antics and dirty play the last number of years.    I agree that guys like Tootoo should get run out of the league, but I would hardly call somebody from Anaheim and appropriate person to chime out loud in public on those thoughts.   Carlyle should go too, but he just got an extension.   Tough to respect a comment from a player that's captain of a team with a history of using equipment and gear as weapons, especially after a teammate slashed him.   

After Getzlaf shuts up, I would like Tootoo to get on his skates and go to the bench.    The whole thing is pathetic.


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