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Chicago Blackhawks’ 10 Worst Moments Of 2016 Calendar Year

By Colin Likas
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) and Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) shake hands after the St. Louis Blues defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in game seven of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) and Winnipeg Jets right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Jordin Tootoo (22) and Winnipeg Jets right wing Chris Thorburn (22) fight during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 8: Brandon Mashinter Out, Jordin Tootoo In

I know there are plenty of Chicago fans who like the idea of having a gritty, “protector” type running around the ice. Some still feel it’s needed in hockey.

I probably can’t change your mind by saying it isn’t (and it isn’t), but I can say wasting a roster spot on two separate useless players in the same year is definitely a down moment from this year.

Mashinter biffed almost every chance he got, though he somehow managed four goals and an assist in 64 regular-season games last year. Heck, at least he put something on the board.

And I say that now because Mashinter went to the AHL this season to be replaced by Tootoo. And he’s somehow been far worse than Mashinter was on the offensive end.

Through 28 games this season, Tootoo has no points. Not a one. And he’s trying through the legs breakaway attempts to break that drought. Genius.

Coach Joel Quenneville will never break from desiring an “enforcer” on the ice at all times, so we have to live with this. But when the year’s chosen ones produce five points in 92 games … woof.

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