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Josi hopes to sign contract extension with Predators

Defenseman entering final season of seven-year, $28 million deal @NHLdotcom

Roman Josi said he is hoping he can sign a contract extension with the Nashville Predators.

The 29-year-old defenseman has been eligible to sign an extension since July 1. He is going into the final season of a seven-year, $28 million contract he signed June 10, 2013, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2020.

"I've never made it a secret, I'd like to stay in Nashville," Josi told the Naples Daily News at Belfry Hockey camp in Estero, Florida, this week. "I think we're talking a little bit over the summer. I let my agent deal with that, I just focus on getting ready."

Josi had 56 points (15 goals, 41 assists) in 82 regular-season games last season and four points (two goals, two assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Predators general manager David Poile said after Nashville lost to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference First Round that an extension for Josi was high on his offseason list of priorities.

Video: Roman Josi claims the No. 8 spot on the list

"Yes, we'll be talking to Roman and his agent," Poile said April 24. "July 1 is the date and we'll be talking to him right then."

Selected by the Predators in the second round (No. 38) of the 2008 NHL Draft, he has 348 points (93 goals, 255 assists) in 563 games, all with Nashville. He's second in points among defensemen in Predators history, behind Shea Weber (443).

Josi also said he liked the addition of center Matt Duchene, who signed a seven-year, $56 million contract July 1. The Predators also traded defenseman P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils on June 22 for defenseman Steven Santini, defenseman prospect Jeremy Davies and two draft picks.

"Matt is a great center and a great signing for us," Josi said. "He has been in the League for a long time, he's a great player. He's going to help us a lot. Definitely going to miss P.K., he was awesome the two years he was in Nashville. We're excited to have Matt."

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