Josi’s Deal All About Potential

Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 3:53 PM / Features

By Jonathan Rawson

On Monday, Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced that the organization has signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract. Since being selected by the Predators 38th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Josi has shown marked improvement in his ever increasing role.

Poile raved about the young defenseman, “Last year, we saw the growth in Roman almost like no other player we have had. Probably the best comparison I can come up with is Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. The irony of that, of course, is that Roman fit in very nicely into Ryan’s position last year.”

In search of a replacement for departed All-Star blueliner Ryan Suter, the Predators turned to the young Swiss product. He gelled seamlessly with defensive partner Shea Weber, registering 18 points (5g-13a) while appearing in all 48 of Nashville’s games during the truncated 2013 season.

“It’s a natural situation with how well they (Josi and Weber) played together last year,” Poile said, “Both of them are guys who can take huge minutes… I think it presents lots of options. With Josi and Weber on the blue line, you have two top players.”

Building off the 2013 NHL season, Josi had a fantastic showing at last month’s IIHF World Championships. He was voted Tournament MVP, Best Defenseman, and a member of the tournament All-Star Team. He recorded nine points (4g-5a) in 10 tournament games and led Switzerland to a silver medal, the nation’s first medal at the Championships in 60 years.

At just 23, Josi has posted 34 points (10g-24a) while suiting up in only 100 NHL games. Signing a young player like Josi to a long-term deal seems risky to some. However, both Josi and Poile are confident in both the direction of the franchise and Josi’s career.

“Just turning 23 last week, the potential is certainly there for Roman to be one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League,” Poile asserted, “Obviously, signing him to seven years ensures that we will have our top defensive pairing intact for a number of years.”

“Nashville is a great organization and they do everything to win,” Josi said, “We had a bad season last year, but I think the year before we had a pretty good season. I think we are close to making it really far. I know Nashville is going to do everything to get back on that track and that is why I signed a long term deal.”

Josi’s deal is worth $28 million over seven years. Josi 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.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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