Predators sign forward Jordin Tootoo to US$1.95-million, two-year deal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a US$1.95-million, two-year contract extension.

Tootoo has seven goals, six assists and 57 penalty minutes in his fourth NHL season while earning $700,000 this year.

“Since we drafted Jordin in 2001, we have seen him blossom into a complete player, as evidenced by his gradual increase in production since breaking into the NHL,” GM David Poile said in a statement. “Jordin is a physical player that can not only get under opponents’ skin and draw penalties, but has proven he can score at this level as well.

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“We are excited about watching his continued development over the next two seasons.”

Tootoo, 24, made his debut in October 2003, becoming the first player of Inuit decent to play in the NHL. He was originally Nashville’s sixth choice, 98th overall, in the 2001 NHL draft.