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8 Years, $72 mil for Josi

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Roman Josi signs eight-year extension with Predators

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It’s been a good month for Swiss hockey players and their bank accounts.

 

A little over a week after 

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 with the Devils, the Predators have signed

defenseman 

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 to an eight-year deal worth $72.472 million. The contract, which carries a $9.059 million cap hit, kicks in beginning with the 2020-21 NHL season and features $33.75 million in signing bonuses.

 

 He’ll also be the owner of the third-highest cap hit among defenseman behind 

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 ($11.5 million) of the Sharks and the Kings’ 

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 ($11 million).

 

“Roman Josi is one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League and our team leader as captain,” said Predators GM David Poile. “As he enters his prime, we look forward to Roman continuing to showcase his elite skills in Smashville and guiding our team in pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”

 

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, here’s the year-by-year breakdown:

2020-21: $750,000 salary / $11 million signing bonus
2021-22: $750,000 salary / $10 million signing bonus
2022-23: $1 million salary / $8.75 million signing bonus
2023-24: $5 million salary / $4 million signing bonus
2024-25: $9 million salary
2025-26: $8 million salary
2026-27: $7.222 million salary
2027-28: $7 million salary

 

In 574 career games in Nashville Josi has 98 goals and 361 points. He’s been a regular in the positive possession department (53% Corsi rating since 2014-15).

 

Josi is now one of seven Predators who are signed through at least the 2023-24 NHL season, joining 

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How much do the Predators value the 29-year-old Josi, who Poile dubbed “our Roger Federer” after 

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? His deal will 

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 for the entire length of the contract. The only other time that’s happened was when 

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 signed a seven-year extension in 2011 and the first four years of the deal featured such trade protection.

 

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