Nashville Predators Avoid Arbitration with Dante Fabbro

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The Nashville Predators have re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Dante Fabbro to a two-year contract worth $4.8  million, or $2.4 million per season. This contract carries him through the 2022-23 season. Adam Vignan of The Athletic first reported the deal that was later confirmed by the team. The contract also helps both sides avoid salary arbitration that was slated for Aug. 20.

Dante Fabbro Signs with Nashville

Over his three-year NHL career, Fabbro has only played for the Nashville Predators. He has put up eight goals and 16 assists for 24 career points in 108 career games. Nashville originally took him in the first round, 17th overall of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Last season he scored two goals and 10 assists for 12 points in 40 games. He also added 23 penalty minutes for the most recent campaign. His possession numbers were 47.5 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -4.3. His ice time last season was 19 minutes, 19 seconds, which was the most in his NHL career.

Fabbro played three seasons at Boston University of the NCAA before signing his entry-level deal. He represented Canada at the international level and won a gold and a silver as part of the World Junior team in 2017 and 2018. The Coquitlam, British Columbia native also won a gold as part of Team Canada in 2019 at the IIHF World Championships.

What This Means for the Future

The 23-year-old saw his usage go up after the P.K. Subban trade to the New Jersey Devils. Fabbro is working on becoming solid at both ends of the ice like he did in the BCHL and in college. He’s a solid skater that is very mobile.

He has been working on being more physical with his game and that will be a big part of coach John Hynes’ style. Fabbro will likely get more ice time after Ryan Ellis was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers prior to the Seattle Kraken expansion draft roster freeze.

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