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