It appears the Nashville Predators made another move Thursday, signing defenseman Bryan Rodney, according to a tweet sent out by his strength and conditioning coach Tyler Doig.
Congrats to RevCon athlete Bryan Rodney on his deal with Nashville! #Preds
— Tyler Doig (@Coachtdoig) July 25, 2013
Rodney has played in only thirty-four career NHL games (33 in Carolina and 1 in Edmonton) scoring one goal and twelve assists with a -8 player rating. Most of Rodney's career since leaving the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights after the 2004-05 season has been spent in the American League and East Coast League.
Adding the 29-year-old to the fold hints at a potential trade at defense before training camp begins. The two likely suspects at being moved are Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis, with latter being the most possible. Rodney will probably be at the Predators' training camp in September in an attempt to score a roster spot. Although that may be farfetched, he will give Bartley, Ekholm and Ellis and run for their money.
But when all is said and done, Rodney will start off the season with the Admirals and attempt to work his way up due to injuries or lack of performance from defenders above him in the depth chart.
UPDATED Monday, July 29 – Nashville Predators make the signing official. Below is the press release sent out by the organization.
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.
Rodney, 29 (4/22/84), spent the 2012-13 season with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, notching 15 points (4g-11a) in 44 games. In 2010-11, he served as captain of the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), being named to his second consecutive AHL All-Star Classic, and finishing among the league’s Top 10 defensemen in assists and points (9g-38a-47pts). Since turning pro in 2005-06, the 6-4, 204-pound blueliner has 13 points (1g-12a) in 34 NHL contests with Edmonton and Carolina, and 181 points (34g-147a) in 350 AHL games with Hartford, Albany, Charlotte, Syracuse, Oklahoma City and Manchester.
The London, Ont., native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-05, amassing 234 points (47g-187a) with Ottawa, Kingston and London. He led all OHL blueliners in points in 2003-04 (11g-65a-76pts), and assists in both 2002-03 (52) and 2003-04 (65).
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