Predators Sign Rich Peverley To A Two-Year Contract

Friday, 07.25.2008 / 11:23 AM CT / News
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Predators Sign Rich Peverley To A Two-Year Contract
- Club also inks goaltender Pekka Rinne to a one-year contract extension -

Nashville, Tenn. (July 25, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Rich Peverley and has signed goaltender Pekka Rinne to a one-year contract extension that begins in 2009-10.

Peverley ( 2007-08 Peverely Highlights ) will be paid $475,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the minor-league level in the first year of the deal while the second year will be a one-way contract which will pay him $500,000. Rinne’s contract is a one-year extension that will pay him $725,000 beginning in 2009-10.

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Peverley, 26 (7/8/1982), played a career-high 33 games for Nashville in 2007-08, registering 10 points (5g-5a). The Guelph, Ont., native also appeared in all six of the club’s 2008 playoff contests, posting two assists. Peverley ranked second on Milwaukee (AHL) in assists (40) and game-winning goals (5), as well as third in points (54) in 2007-08, and was named to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic but missed the event to due recall by the Predators.

Signed as a free agent by Nashville on Jan. 17, 2007, the 6-0, 185-pound center has played in 46 career NHL contests, notching 11 points (5g-6a), and 176 AHL games, posting 168 points (56g-112a).

Rinne, 25 (11/3/1982), led the American Hockey League in wins (36), appearances (65) and minutes played (3,840) with Milwaukee in 2007-08. In 2005-06, the 6-5, 207-pound netminder backstopped Milwaukee to the 2006 AHL Calder Cup Finals, earning 10 postseason wins while posting three playoff shutouts. He also tied for second in the AHL in wins (30). Rinne is a two-time AHL All-Star, and started in net for the PlanetUSA team in 2006.

Originally an eighth round selection (258th overall) of Nashville in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the Kempele, Finland native has also appeared in three career NHL contests with Nashville since 2005-06, posting a 1-1-0 record and a 2.61 goals-against average.

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