Nashville, Tenn. (July 14, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Ben Guite to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 on the NHL level and $105,000 on the AHL level.
Guite, 30 (7/17/78), has played 168 games with Colorado over the past three seasons, registering 45 points (19g-26a) and 93 penalty minutes. In 2008-09, the 6-1, 211-pound center paced all Avalanche skaters in plus/minus rating (+2), and ranked second among Avalanche forwards in both average shorthanded ice time (2:21) and face-off efficiency (51.5%). The Montreal, Que., native posted career highs in games played (79), goals (11), assists (11) and points (22) two seasons ago, in addition to dressing in all 10 of Colorado’s 2008 playoff contests. Guite made his NHL debut during the 2005-06 season, playing one game for the Boston Bruins. He joined the Colorado Avalanche the next season.
Montreal’s eighth choice, 172nd overall (seventh round), in the 1997 Entry Draft, Guite played four seasons at the University of Maine from 1996-2000, winning a National Championships with the Black Bears in 1999.