Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent defenseman Barret Jackman to a two-year, $4 million contract worth $2 million in both 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Jackman, 34 (3/5/81), has played 803 career NHL contests with the St. Louis Blues since 2001-02, posting 181 points (28g-153a) and 1,026 penalty minutes. Despite his rugged style, the 6-0, 203-pound blueliner has missed only eight games over the past four seasons and has served as a Blues alternate captain each of the past nine seasons. Perennially one of the team leaders in the hits and blocked shots categories, Jackman is one of just four defensemen in the last 25 years to win the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, beating out Rick Nash and Henrik Zetterberg for the award in 2003.
The 17th overall selection in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Jackman helped Canada win a 2007 World Championship playing alongside Predators Captain Shea Weber, as well as earning bronze medals with his nation’s entries at the 2000 (where he was a teammate of Predators forward Mike Ribeiro) and 2001 World Junior Championships. A native of Trail, B.C., he played four seasons with the Regina Pats (WHL) from 1997-2000, and was named the youngest captain in Regina history prior to the 1998-99 campaign.