NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators have signed defenceman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million deal, tying up the other piece of their top defensive line.
General manager David Poile said in a statement Monday that signing Josi was a top priority. Poile says Josi has proven with his growth in Nashville and internationally that he is one of the NHL's best young defencemen.
Captain Shea Weber had a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet matched by Nashville last July.
The 23-year-old Josi scored 18 points in 48 games for the Predators this season, topping what he did as a rookie in 2011-12. He ranked 19th in the NHL in total minutes played, and he led Switzerland to a silver medal at the world championships.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings