Tootoo, first Inuit in NHL, gets new deal from Predators

Updated: January 31, 2008, 1:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators signed forward Jordin Tootoo, the first Inuit to play in the NHL, to a two-year contract extension.

Jordin Tootoo


General Manager David Poile announced the deal worth $1.95 million Thursday, after the team's morning skate. Drafted in 2001, Tootoo has career-highs with seven goals and 13 points in 41 games this season.

"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," Poile said. "We are excited about watching his continued development over the next two seasons."

The 24-year-old Tootoo has 40 points and 365 penalty minutes in 210 career games with the Predators. He debuted in the league Oct. 9, 2003, against Anaheim and helped the Predators to their first playoff berth.

Tootoo had been averaging a career-best 10 minutes, 2 seconds per game, but has been on injured reserve since hurting his groin Jan. 8 at Los Angeles.

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