Predators give Tootoo two-year extension

Right wing Jordin Tootoo has signed a two-year, $2.5 million

extension with the Nashville Predators.

Tootoo will earn $1.15 million next season and $1.35 million

in 2011-12.

General manager David Poile said in a statement Friday that

Tootoo has developed on the ice and in the community since the

Predators drafted him in 2001. The 27-year-old has played in 330

NHL games with 71 points and a franchise-record 550 penalty


The 5-foot-9 wing was the 98th pick overall in the 2001 draft

and became the first player of Inuit descent to play in the NHL

when he debuted Oct. 9, 2003, against Anaheim.