The Nashville Predators signed free agent forward Yakov Trenin to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million, or $725,000 per season. This contract carries him through the 2021-22 season. Trenin will get $700,000 next season and $750,000 in 2021-22.
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Yakov Trenin Signs With Nashville
Trenin scored twice and got four assists for six points in 21 games in his first season in Nashville. The Predators drafted him in the second round, 55th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. He added nine penalty minutes during the 2019-20 season. His possession numbers were 50.1 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 2.2.
The Russian played mostly for the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and he scored 20 goals and 15 assists for 35 points. He also supplied 29 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Admirals. That was up from his 14 goals in the 2018-19 season.
Trenin won a bronze medal with the Russian team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships in Montreal and Toronto. He tallied two goals and two assists for four points in seven games for his national team. The Chelyabinsk, Russia native played his junior hockey with the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. His best season was 30 goals and 37 assists for 67 points in the 2016-17 season.
What This Means for the Future
Trenin is a big body at 6 foot, 2 inches and 201 pounds. He can post up in front of the net and got used on the fourth line when injuries decimated the Predators.
The rookie endeared himself to the Predators faithful when he stood up to Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara in a fight. Trenin more than held his own and got in a nasty right hand on the Bruins captain and vaunted tough guy.
His attitude and tough play will be key for a Nashville team still getting used to new coach John Hynes and his style of play. The Predators are hoping to bounce back from being ousted in the qualifying round by the Arizona Coyotes.