Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Darcy Hordichuk (DAHR-see HOHR-dih-chuhk) and defenseman Kevin Klein (KEH-vihn KLIGHN) to one-year contracts and defenseman Greg Zanon (GREHG ZA-nuhn) to a two-year deal. The club also signed 2007 Entry Draft selections Robert Dietrich (RAW-buhrt DEE-trihk) and Andreas Thuresson (an-DRAY-uhs THUHR-eh-suhn) to three-year contracts.
Zanon, 27 (6/5/80), established career-highs in games played (66), goals (3), assists (5) and points (8) last season with Nashville. The 5-11, 211-pound blueliner led the Predators and ranked among NHL leaders in blocked shots (189) and finished third on the club in hits (91). The Burnaby, B.C. native also ranked second on the club in shorthanded ice time per game (4:09) and ranked second among club d-men with a +16 rating.
Zanon’s contract will pay him $700,000 in 2007-08 and $750,000 in 2008-09.
Hordichuk, 26 (8/10/80), has 17 points (8g-9a) and 253 penalty minutes in 127 games with Nashville over the last two seasons. The 6-1, 215-pound native of Kamsack, Sask. posted career-highs in games played (74), goals (7), assists (6), points (13) and penalty minutes (158) with Nashville in 2005-06.
Hordichuk’s contract will pay him $517,000 in 2007-08.
Klein, 22 (12/13/84), skated in three games with Nashville in 2006-07 and scored his first career NHL goal on January 26 vs. Chicago. The 6-1, 195-pound defenseman ranked third among Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) blueliners with 20 points (5g-15a) in 70 games in 2006-07. Klein was originally Nashville’s third choice, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft.
Klein will be paid $500,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the minor-league level in 2007-08.
Thuresson, 19 (11/18/87), registered 15 points (10g-5a) in 49 games with Malmo (Sweden) in 2006-07. The 6-1, 200-pound forward was Nashville’s seventh selection, 144th overall (fifth round), in the 2007 Entry Draft.
Thuresson’s contract is a three-year deal that will pay him $475,000 in the first season, $500,000 in the second season and $525,000 in the third season at the NHL level. He will be paid $60,000 at the minor-league level throughout the length of the contract.
Dietrich, 20 (7/25/86), posted 22 points (3g-19a) in 52 games with Dusseldorf (Germany) in 2006-07. The 5-10, 172-pound blueliner was Nashville’s eighth selection, 174th overall (sixth round) in the 2007 Entry Draft.
Dietrich’s contract is a three-year deal that will pay him $475,000 in the first season, $500,000 in the second season and $525,000 in the third season at the NHL level. He will be paid $50,000 at the minor-league level in the first year of the contract and $60,000 in the final two years of the contract.