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Preds sign Fiddler and Koistinen

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators

Photo by John Russell
Vern Fiddler established NHL career highs in games played (40), goals (8), assists (4) and points (12) with Nashville in 2005-06.
Nashville, Tenn. - Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the club has signed center Vernon Fiddler (VUHR-nuhn FIHD-luhr) and free-agent defenseman Ville Koistinen (VIHL-ee KOY-stihn-ehn) to one-year contracts.

Fiddler, 26 (5/9/80), established NHL career-highs this past season in games played (40), goals (8), assists (4) and points (12) after having notched six points (4g-2a) in 36 previous career NHL games.  The versatile pivot, who also appeared in 11 American Hockey League games this season with the Milwaukee Admirals (1g-5a), registered a career-high in average time on ice (13:49) and made his NHL playoff debut on April 27 at San Jose.  The 5-11, 204-pound Edmonton native scored a goal in three straight games from December 21-27, 2005 and posted the first two-goal game of his NHL career on January 4 at St. Louis.

Originally signed as a free agent by Nashville on May 6, 2002, Fiddler has notched 18 points (12g-6a) and 79 penalty minutes in 76 career NHL games.

Koistinen, 23 (6/17/82), led Finnish Elite League defensemen in scoring (8g-26a-34pts in 56 games) and assists this past season with Ilves Tampere.  The undrafted free agent also led his club in assists (26).  A 5-11, 187-pound Oulu, Finland native, Koistinen has played the parts of the past six seasons with Ilves Tampere's Finnish Elite League team.


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