According to a team release, the Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent forward Jordin Tootoo. It’s a one-year contract for Tootoo, who played last season with the New Jersey Devils. General Fanager reports that the deal is worth $750K, though are still waiting on confirmation on whether it is a two-way deal.
The long-time Nashville Predator scored four goals and nine points for the Devils last season his 12th in the NHL. Tootoo, now 33, was the first player of Inuit decent ever to play in an NHL game when he made his debut on October 9th, 2003.
While Tootoo is getting into his mid-thirties, he’s still regarded as an effective agitator and fourth line player that is tough to play against. As the league moves away from fighting, Tootoo has remained among the league leaders, dropping the gloves nine times last season.