Predators Re-sign Josi to Eight-Year Extension
The Nashville Predators have re-signed defenseman Roman Josi to an eight-year, $72.472-million contract extension. The annual average value is $9.059 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Next summer’s pool of unrestricted free agent talent got a little shallower. The Predators’ captain is among the league’s top defensemen, logging big minutes while tallying 40-or-more points in each of the last six seasons. With 13 points in 11 games, he’s tied with fellow rearguard Ryan Ellis as the Preds leading scorer.
Cap Friendly indicates the deal is front-loaded. Josi will take home over $11.75-million in actual salary next season, after which it steadily declines in each successive season, reaching $7 million in 2027-28. Over $33.7 million of the total value is paid out as signing bonuses through the first four seasons. The deal will also make Josi the NHL’s third-highest paid defenseman, just ahead of New Jersey’s P.K. Subban. Of course, that’ll depend upon how much St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo gets on his new contract next season.
Considering everything Josi brings to the Predators, it’s not surprising general manager David Poile re-sign him. What is surprising is Josi becomes the first player in Predators’ history to receive a no-movement clause in his contract. That gives you some idea how valuable he is to their blueline corps.
Josi’s new contract pushes the Predators’ salary-cap payroll to over $68 million invested in 14 players for 2020-21 with nine UFAs to re-sign or replace. Those include forwards Mikael Granlund, Craig Smith, and Austin Watson as well as defenseman Dan Hamhuis.