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Predators re-sign D Josi to $28 million deal

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The Nashville Predators announced Monday that they re-signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract.

Josi, 23, had 18 points (five goals and 13 assists) while playing all 48 games of the lockout-shortened season.

He will make $2.5 million in 2013-14, $3 million in 2014-15, $4 million in 2015-16, $4.25 million in 2016-17, $5 million in 2017-18, $5.25 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.

"Re-signing Roman was a top priority as we look to regroup heading into the 2013-14 season," David Poile, the team's president of hockey operations and general manager, said in a statement. "Roman has proven, with his growth and success here in Nashville and on the international stage, that he is one of the best young defensemen in the NHL. Roman's skating ability and instincts have allowed him to play in all key situations.

"With today's signing, we have our top defensive pairing locked up long-term, and we look forward to Roman's continued development and contribution to the Predators' on-ice success."

Josi was the first Swiss player to be named Most Valuable Player of World Championships tournament, played earlier this year. Switzerland won the silver medal, its first medal in 60 years. Josi led all defensemen with four goals and nine points in the tournament.
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