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Nashville won’t re-sign Tootoo, will become UFA on July 1

Jun 25, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

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Sounds like the last Tootoo train whistle has been blown at Bridgestone Arena.

According to agent Kevin Epp, Jordin Tootoo won’t receive a contract extension from the Predators, meaning he’ll become a UFA when free agency kicks off this Sunday.

Tootoo, 29, has spent his entire eight-year career in Nashville, emerging as one of the league’s most identifiable agitators. He should have more than a few suitors on the open market, especially given he posted career highs in assists (24) and points (30) last season.

Despite those numbers, there were questions about what role Tootoo played — and would play — in Nashville. He only made three postseason appearances and was one of the odd men out after the Preds made all their trade deadline splashes. GM David Poile openly recognized there was a difference of opinion about Tootoo’s role…as did Tootoo.

“When you get shut down and told you’re not playing, it [expletive] burns,” Tootoo told The Tennessean the day before Nashville beat Detroit in Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. “After doing everything right, it just [expletive]. … I’m [ticked] off because I’m not able to do what I love to do and that’s playing the game.”

Tootoo’s last deal was a two-year contract worth $1.25 million annually.

  1. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Good he’s a scumbag and an idiot

    • scionofflame - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Glad to know he’s still getting under skin outside of Nashville. : )

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 25, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Glad to know it upset him to know he is not useful in a playoffs and never gets to play. Guys who is an embarrassment to a franchise and a walking, talking living and breathing living example to why stereotypes exists.
        Of course if getting under the skin is the payoff, then you keep enjoying that tiny lil consolation while the rest of the league was laughing that he was still on the roster.

        Gettting under skin > Class and Playoffs wins
        – The mind of a Preds fan

      • vshehane - Jun 25, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Your ignorance is showing. Crawl back in your hole.

  2. vshehane - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    We will miss Toots. We have loved you in Nashville.

  3. freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    “Sounds like the last Tootoo train whistle has been blown at Bridgestone Arena.” – that is hilarious

  4. ray2013 - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I hope he signs with a western Canadian team. He’s the kind of guy you love to play with/ hate to play against kind of guy. He’d make things interesting.

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