In the latest move to lock players into contracts beyond this season, the Nashville Predators have signed Jordin Tootoo to a two-year contract. John Glennon's report at the Tennessean has it at $2.5 million total, a reasonable figure for an agitator who is showing increased discipline over the years, and has the potential to contribute offensively as well.
He's certainly a fan favorite, and was voted the team's All-Time Greatest Fighter in a poll on this site last August.
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The trick going forward for Tootoo will be health. Last season he set a career high with 72 games played, and he's missed more than half of this season due to a variety of injury concerns.
Follow after the jump for the text of the team's press release...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Jordin Tootoo to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal will pay him $1.15 million in 2010-11 and $1.35 million in 2011-12.
"We look forward to watching Jordin's continued development over the next two seasons," Poile said. "Since we drafted Jordin in 2001, we have not only seen him develop into a more complete player on the ice, but also an impactful member of the community on a year-round basis."
Tootoo, 27 (2/2/83), has appeared in 330 career games, all with Nashville, registering 71 points (28g-43a) and 550 penalty minutes - a franchise record. In 2009-10, the Rankin Inlet, Nunavut native has 10 points (2g-8a) in 26 games, the highest point-per-game average (.38) of his six-season NHL career. The 5-9, 198-pound right wing put together a career-high four-game point/assist streak from Nov. 23-28 - tied for the longest assist streak by a Predator this season - and his eight helpers are just four off his career high attained a season ago.
Nashville's sixth choice, 98th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft made his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2003 vs. Anaheim, becoming the first player of Inuit decent to play in the National Hockey League.