Roman Josi has signed an eight-year max deal worth just north of $9 M AAV per season, making him the third-highest paid D in the NHL. Believe the deal also includes a full NMC which Nashville never gives out. Front loaded structure.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 29, 2019
Roman Josi Re-Signs With Nashville
Josi has only played for the Nashville Predators in his eight-year NHL career. He has put up 93 goals and 255 assists for 348 career points in 563 career games. Nashville originally drafted him in the second round, 38th overall of the 2008 NHL Draft.
Last season he scored 15 goals and 41 assists for 56 points in 82 games. He also added 42 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 51.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -0.6.
The Bern, Switzerland native has represented his country on the international level. He’s played for the Swiss national team at the IIHF World Championships and the Olympics. Josi was also named captain of the Predators after Mike Fisher retired.
The deal includes a full No-Movement Clause.
What This Means for the Future
Josi continues to be one of the more underrated defencemen in the National Hockey League. He doesn’t grab the headlines like and Erik Karlsson or a Drew Doughty. However, he consistently puts up numbers and gets votes for the Norris Trophy.
The 29-year-old has been one of the leaders of one of the best blue-line groups in the league. He’ll likely be leaned on more now that P.K. Subban was traded to the New Jersey Devils during the NHL Draft weekend.
He isn’t doing it alone as he’s got help from Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm. Dante Fabbro will also be relied upon more with the Subban’s departure. General manager David Poile has now given his top defenceman a well-deserved raise after getting him for a discount rate for plenty of years.
DENVER, CO – APRIL 22: Ryan Ellis #4 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators are congratulated by Patrik Nemeth #12 and Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche after the Predators win in Game Six of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 22, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)