Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Zac Rinaldo to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level for 2018-19.
Rinaldo, 28 (6/15/90), spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, recording seven points (5g-2a) and 44 penalty minutes in 53 games. It was his sixth NHL season - he has amassed 34 points (14g-20a) and 699 penalty minutes in 328 career games since making his debut in 2011. Prior to joining the Coyotes for the 2017-18 season, he had stints with the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers and the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins and Adirondack Phantoms.
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound forward got his start in the NHL in 2011 as a member of the Flyers, who were then-coached by current Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette. Rinaldo produced 14 points (5g-9a) and 317 penalty minutes during parts of three seasons under Laviolette's watch in Philadelphia from 2011-14.
Originally drafted in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Flyers, the Hamilton, Ont., native has also notched 23 points (11g-12a) and 466 penalty minutes in 126 career games at the AHL level. He played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-10 before joining the professional ranks, posting 27 goals, 42 assists and 644 penalty minutes in 185 games with Toronto, Mississauga, London and Barrie.