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June 10, 2013 | 3:14pm ET
Predators, Josi sign seven-year extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract.

Josi, 23, was scheduled to become a restricted free agent July 5.

He will make $2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.

"Re-signing Roman was a top priority as we look to regroup heading into the 2013-14 season," said Predators GM David Poile. "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."

Josi, drafted by the Predators in the second-round, 38th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, registered five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in all 48 of Nashville's games in 2012-13.

The Bern, Switzerland native has accumulated 10 goals and 24 assists for 34 points in 100 career regular-season games.


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