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Predators Extend Roman Josi

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The Nashville Predators and captain Roman Josi have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $9.059 million, making him the highest paid defenseman in the league, according to an official team statement.

“Roman Josi is one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League and our team leader as captain” Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement.

“As he enters his prime, we look forward to Roman continuing to showcase his elite skills in Smashville and guiding our team in pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”

With the new deal, Poile was granted a full no-trade clause, and he will be under contract with the team through the 2027-2028 season.

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Predators’ Pekka Rinne Activated From Injured Reserve

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The Nashville Predators have activated veteran franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, has been out for around 10 days following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala, from the injured reserve list, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, Nashville assigned Troy Grosenich to the minors.

Rinne, 35, and the team continue to negotiate a contract extension but there isn’t anything imminent regarding those talks, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

 

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Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty

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The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Nick Baptiste from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Jack Doughtery in a trade that was announced by both teams on Monday.

Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.

Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.

 

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Scott Hartnell Announces Retirement

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After 17 seasons in the NHL, Scott Hartnell is calling it a career.

Hartnell announced his retirement on Monday by posting the following on his official Twitter page:

Every young kid from a small town across Canada dreams of playing a game in the NHL … I was fortunate enough to play 1,249 of them.

A huge thank you to the Nashville Predators (twice), the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. You are all world class organizations and it was an honor playing for your cities! (Seventeen) years in the NHL was the best job anyone could ever ask for. The games, the fans, the travel, the hotels, the food, the pregame soccer games, are just some of the things that I will always remember and miss. …

Thanks again to my family, friends & all of the fans that cheered for me (and against) along the way. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife Katie and son Wesley. Cheers to the NHL, and the next phase of life!

Hartnell accumulated 327 goals and 380 assists in 1,249 games throughout his career and spent his final season with the Nashville Predators last year.

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