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

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

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.