Juuse Saros signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday. It has an average annual value of $1.5 million.
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The 23-year-old goaltender was a restricted free agent. He set NHL career highs in games (26), starts (23), wins (11) and shutouts (three) with the Predators last season. He was 11-5-7 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .925 save percentage as the backup to Pekka Rinne. Saros had a 1.05 GAA and .952 save percentage in four relief appearances during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Nashville selected Saros in the fourth round (No. 99) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He is 21-14-10 with a 2.42 GAA, .923 save percentage and four shutouts in 48 NHL games (43 starts). He has a 1.76 GAA and .915 save percentage in six playoff games, all in relief.
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