After Ryan Suter left the Nashville Predators before this season began in free agency, there was a hole in the main defensive line. That hole was filled by Roman Josi and he was rewarded with a seven-year contract worth $28 million to continue playing alongside Shea Weber for years to come. This is probably going to be the smartest move that the Predators make all offseason.
Josi is just 23 years old and Nashville has now secured a major piece of their future. He scored 18 points this season for Nashville during his second year in the league. He is young and still evolving into a star player, but there has to be something said about getting a major deal like that after just two seasons. The Predators see something there and now know that they will have their top defensemen together for the next seven years. Weber had his 14-year offer sheet matched by the team last offseason so Nashville can now focus on improving their offense.
The team also has goaltender Pekka Rinne under a long-term deal as well, and now if the Predators can go out in free agency and pick up another offensive force, I wouldn’t be shocked if we see Nashville in the playoffs next season. I hope that they haven’t spent all the money on this Josi deal and the other deals around him, though.
They were really bad on offense this season and need to fix that. I like this move a lot with Josi, but there are definitely other moves that need to be made between now and the beginning of next season.