Predators include no-movement clause in Josi's 8-year deal
The Nashville Predators finally have their captain Roman Josi signed to a long-term deal, and general manager David Poile is so confident in the defenceman's future he included a rare no movement clause in the eight-year, $72.4 million deal.
NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators finally have their captain Roman Josi signed to a long-term deal, and general manager David Poile is so confident in the
"It's something that obviously Roman wanted very badly and something that we covet very much," Poile said Tuesday. "But for Roman, I think this is a unique and special situation for someone that's our captain, someone that's going to be here for, I think, the rest of their career."
Poile said the negotiations, which made Josi the team's highest-paid player with an annual average value of $9.05 million, were crucial in helping the Predators lock up their core players. The GM also predicted Josi could win his first Norris Trophy as soon as this season.
"He ranks among the top
The deal runs through 2027-28 and puts Josi among the NHL's highest-paid
Josi said the signing the contract is like a dream since he started his career with Nashville. This is where he met and married his wife this past July, adding to Josi's reasons for wanting to stay with the Predators. Josi said he was relieved to have the contract wrapped up.
"Most importantly, every year this organization, David and the whole staff, they put together a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup and yeah I couldn't be more thankful for my teammates," Josi said. "We again this year have such a great team, and it's been so much fun so far and yeah we'll do everything in our power to get a Stanley Cup to Nashville to this great organization."
Poile believes Josi will be like one of the 29-year-old Swiss' heroes, Roger Federer — and only improve with age.
"I truly believe the best is yet to come," Poile said.
The 38th pick in the 2008 draft, Josi became Nashville's eighth captain in September 2017. Now he is one of only four NHL
He currently is tied for second with five goals and 13 points among NHL
"He's not your traditional
Goalie Pekka Rinne said this deal won't change Josi at all.
"We all were waiting for this day because mentally it's important at that you have your captain, you have your leader locked in," Rinne said. "When you compare him to the rest of the league, in my list he's probably at the top."
This deal locks up Nashville's core through at least 2021-22 for coach Peter Laviolette.
"We have more miles on us, all of us see that," Laviolette said. "You talk about the core players that have been here for a while, we've experienced some successes and we've got some scars on us. And I think all of that helps to build our team."
AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
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Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press