Nunavut’s Jordin Tootoo rejects Winnipeg Jets offer: report
Tootoo seems to want NHL job before contemplating the minors
Jordin Tootoo appears to be testing the National Hockey League market as an unrestricted free agent after rejecting a two-way deal with the Winnipeg Jets, according to a tweet from Winnipeg Sun sports reporter Ken Wiebe Aug.14.
A two-way contract offers a salary dependent on the league an athlete competes in.
If the athlete plays the majority of a season in the minor leagues, like Tootoo did while with the Detroit Red Wings last season, they would earn less than if they played in the majors.
If the rumour proves true, Tootoo seems determined to find a job at the NHL level before considering the possibility of playing in the minors again.
Tootoo had a rough season last year, being placed on waivers twice by the Red Wings while also being assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, for most of the season.
He played 51 games for the Griffins in the 2013-2014 season, notching six goals, 12 assists and 104 penalty minutes.
The Red Wings bought out the remainder of Tootoo’s contract earlier this summer when no other team claimed him off waivers.
Tootoo hadn’t played in the minors since the 2005-2006 season when he played for the Nashville Predator’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.
Tootoo, 31, was the first player from Nunavut to play in the NHL. He was also the only Inuk NHL player.
Winnipeg is the closest city with an NHL team to Tootoo’s hometown of Rankin Inlet.