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General Manager David Poile has officially scratched off one thing on his to-do list; re-sign Patric Hornqvist (completed April 30) and Roman Josi. Monday, Josi was re-signed to a 7-year, $28 million contract. According to the Press Release, the 23 year old will make $2.5 million in '13-'14, $3 million in '14-'15, $4 million in '15-'16, $4.25 million in '16-'17, $5 million in '17-'18, $5.25 million in '18-'19 and $4 million in '19-'20.
Said Poile in the news release: “Re-signing Roman was a top priority as we look to regroup heading into the 2013-14 season. Roman has proven, with his growth and success here in Nashville and on the international stage, that he is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL. Roman’s skating ability and instincts have allowed him to play in all key situations. With today’s signing, we have our top defensive pairing locked up long-term, and we look forward to Roman’s continued development and contribution to the Predators’ on-ice success.”
Prior to being re-signed, Josi was an restricted free agent waiting for an offer sheet or contract to come his way.
Last season, Josi took over the role left by Ryan Suter, as partner in crime to captain Shea Weber. Josi fit in quite well throughout the season totaling 18 points (5g, 13a) in all 48 games.
This summer in Helsinki and Stockholm playing for Team Switzerland, Josi was awarded the World Championships' MVP and best defenseman. Hopefully his short time in Scandinavia can carry over into where it really matters, the NHL.
Josi is going to be a superstar in the NHL. Like James Mirtle said, not too many know of him, but sooner rather than later, they will. Josi is the real deal and the bar is set for him next season. This past year was a feeling out process. Now that is done and is time to perform to his best ability.