Saturday, February 02, 2008
February 2, 2008
The Nashville Predators have locked up two key pieces to the on-ice part of the franchise. David Poile announced the signing of Jordin Tootoo and J.P. Dumont on January 31 and February 1, respectively.
Tootoo, the first person of Inuit descent to play in the NHL, has shown gradual strides of improvement since his first game on October 9, 2003. From his four goal and eight total point debut campaign to the more complete player he's becoming this season (seven goals already), Tootoo is no longer just "the enforcer" but can throw down and unload a blistering slapshot for a goal. Once he returns to the lineup, he should be able to continue contributing with solid play as well as on the score sheet.
As far as Dumont goes, not much more needs to be said past his current franchise-record 16 game point streak. But, since we have nothing but time on our hands before the game tonight, we'll continue the case for Dumont. Since joining the Nashville Predators (by choice) in the 2006 off-season, he has ammassed 111 points in 134 ganes. Not to mention, he's a combined +23 over his Nashville tenure. Teamed with captain Jason Arnott, he's part of one of the best lines in franchise history. He was rumored in Eklund's "trade watch" blog on hockeybuzz.com and even named as a potential Red Wing at the trade deadline but with the Predators winning and Dumont on absolute fire, ownership did the right thing by locking his up for the next four years.
David Freeman and the new owners have certainly listened to fans and done their homework. All we can hope for is Arnott and Radulov are next in line for long-term deals.
Posted by Section 303 at 8:36 AM