Predators Sign/Call-Up Mueller As Tootoo Voluntarily Enters Substance Abuse And Behavioral Health Program

By Amanda DiPaolo

Nashville Predators forward Jordin Tootoo checked himself into a substance abuse and behavioral health program, the NHL announced on Monday afternoon.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 27: Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators celebrates after a fight against Sean Avery of the New York Rangers, not shown, on November 27, 2010 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Jordin Tootoo (Photo: Yardbarker.com)

Here is the NHL’s announcement:

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Decem­ber 27, 2010) — The Natio­nal Hoc­key Lea­gue Pla­yers’ Asso­cia­tion and the Natio­nal Hoc­key Lea­gue announ­ced today that for­ward Jor­din Too­too of the Nash­vi­lle Pre­da­tors has volun­ta­rily ente­red in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Subs­tance Abuse and Beha­vio­ral Health Pro­gram (SABH).

Tootoo’s care will be admi­nis­te­red by SABH Pro­gram Doc­tors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Too­too will con­ti­nue to receive his full salary and bene­fits and will have no penalty impo­sed, pro­vi­ded he com­plies with his presc­ri­bed treat­ment and follow-up care program.

There will be no further comment.

The Tennessean reports that Tootoo will receive his full salary and benefits. There is no timetable for his return.

In addition to Tootoo, the Predators are playing without forwards Martin Erat, Steve Sullivan, David Legwand, and Matthew Lombardi. There is speculation that Legwand is probable to return to the lineup on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.

Even if Legwand returns to the lineup and with Linus Klasen now playing with Marcel Goc and Sergei Kostitsyn to replace Erat, Nashville still has to fill in holes left by Sullivan and Tootoo.

To fill the void, Nashville announced on Monday afternoon that the team signed Chris Mueller to a one-year, two-way contract worth $500 000 at the NHL level, $55 000 at the AHL level.

Despite being unsigned by Nashville, Mueller plays for the Admirals and ranks second in points on the team, with 20, including 12 goals. It is the second season the 24 year old has played for Milwaukee.

The Predators announced that Mueller is expected to make his NHL debut Tuesday night against Dallas at Bridgestone Arena.

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