It has been a long time in the making, but the Predators have finally signed their captain to a long-term contract extension. Roman Josi was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season as he was on the last year of a seven-year contract worth a total of $28 million. The Nashville Predators are expected to announce the big signing during a press conference scheduled for 11:30.
It looks like Josi will be a Nashville Predator for the remainder of his career. The two sides reached an agreement that will lock the Swiss defender down in Nashville for the next eight years. Josi was due for a major pay raise and he got it with his new contract worth over $72 million over the next eight years. The deal carries a reported AAV of over $9 million per season and is believed that in addition, it will include a No Move Clause as well.
With an AAV of over $9 million, Roman Josi will be only the third NHL defender being paid over $9 million annually. His AAV is the third highest amongst defensemen behind only Erik Karlsson as well as Drew Doughty.
The Nashville Predators made headlines during the second day of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft when they traded P.K. Subban to the New Jersey Devils for Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies. The reason why they traded Subban was to free up cap space on their payroll which was needed to lock up Josi who the team clearly valued higher than the veteran defensemen.