Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the joint NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Tootoo's care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis and Brian Shaw. He'll receive his full salary during his treatment and will have no penalties imposed on him as long as he complised with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.
Tootoo has 4 goals and 10 points in 32 games this season. In seven NHL seasons, all with the Predators, Tootoo has 36 goals, 87 points and 619 penalty minutes. He's the franchise's all-time leader in penalty minutes.
This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.