Predators sign Nino Niederreiter to two-year contract

On Thursday, the Nashville Predators signed Swiss forward Nino Niederreiter to a two-year, $8 million deal. (Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators have signed free agent Nino Niederreiter to a two-year, $8 million deal ($4 million AAV).

Niederreiter scored 24 goals and added 20 assists for 44 points in 75 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season.

The 29-year-old has 181 goals and 187 assists for 368 points in 732 career NHL games over 12 seasons split between the New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Hurricanes.

The native of Chur, Switzerland was selected by the Islanders with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in just 64 games for New York, recording 3 points, before being traded to Minnesota for forward Cal Clutterbuck and a third-round pick.

Niederreiter found his game with the Wild, emerging as a scorer and notching a career-high 25 goals and 57 points in 2016-17. Minnesota signed him to a five-year, $26.25 million ($5.25 million AAV) contract the following offseason.

He was traded to Carolina in January 2019 for forward Victor Rask.

The Predators have had the entire offseason so far, re-signing star forward Filip Forsberg to a whopping eight-year, $68 million ($8.5 million AAV) extension and acquiring the two-time champion defenseman from the Stanley Cup Ryan McDonagh from the Tampa Bay Lightning. .

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