Anton Volchenkov cashed in four years ago when he signed a six-year, $25.5 million with the New Jersey Devils. That relationship ended last week after the team decided to use a compliance buyout on the final two years of the deal.
WIth $5.6 million coming his way over the next four years and now an unrestricted free agent, Volchenkov didn't need to look for another big pile of money while choosing his next team. In fact, he went cheap. Super cheap. On Monday he inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Nashville Predators.
“Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” Poile said. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”
According to The Fourth Period, Volchenkov turned down an KHL to remain in the NHL.
Volcehnkov will join a mostly young blue line. Only he, Shea Weber and Victor Bartley were born in the 1980s. He's not the fleetest of foot and won't provide much offense, but his possession numbers have been pretty consistent over the last several seasons.
While the Predators were adding to their 2014-15 roster, they also let it be known that one member would be gone from it for a while.
Late Monday afternoon, the Predators announced that Mike Fisher would miss the next 4-6 months after rupturing his achilles tendon while training last week. They were already in trouble down the middle before this injury, even after signing Olli Jokinen. Now what does Poile do?
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