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Predators Sign Goalie Mark Dekanich to a One-Year Contract

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
Nashville, Tenn. (August 9, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free-agent goaltender Mark Dekanich to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the National Hockey League level and $75,000 at the American Hockey League level.

Dekanich, 24 (5/10/86), has spent both of his professional seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), ranking fifth among AHL netminders in goals-against average (2.33), tied for fifth in shutouts (4) and tied for eighth in wins (27) during the 2009-10 campaign, his first as a starter. As a rookie in 2008-09, the North Vancouver, B.C., native ranked second in the American League in goals-against average (2.09) and fifth in save percentage (.923), allowing two goals or fewer in 24 of his 30 games played in 2008-09.

The 6-3, 190-pound Dekanich spent four seasons at Colgate University from 2004-08, finishing his collegiate career as the school’s all-time leader in games played (118), saves (3,071), save percentage (.923) and shutouts (11). He was Nashville’s third choice, 146th overall (fifth round), in the 2006 Entry Draft.

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