Preds Sign Three to Two-Way Deals
Milwaukee, WI—The Admirals parent club, the Nashville Predators, were busy on the first day of NHL Free Agency, which included signing three players to two-way contracts for the 2017-18 season. Those players were goalies Anders Lindback, who had played six games for the Ads from 2010-12, and Matt O’Connor and forward Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
Labrie appeared in 52 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2016-17, recording one goal, eight points and 96 penalty minutes in 52 games. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound winger has appeared in 178 AHL games with Rockford over the past three seasons, amassing 58 points and 311 penalty minutes during that span. A native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Labrie has 46 games of NHL experience, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2011-14, tallying five points (2g-3a) and 65 penalty minutes.
Undrafted, Labrie captured the 2012 Calder Cup Championship as a member of the Norfolk Admirals, along with current Ads Captain Trevor Smith. Since 2007, Labrie has skated for Manitoba, Peoria, Norfolk, Syracuse and Rockford of the AHL, posting 183 points and 1,033 penalty minutes in 566 games.
Lindback was drafted by the Predators 207th overall (seventh round) of the 2008 NHL Draft, and appeared in 38 games for the team from 2010-12, posting a 16-13-2 record, a 2.53 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts. In 130 career NHL contests with Nashville, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Arizona, the Gavle, Sweden native has notched a 45-58-8 record, a 2.87 goals-against average .904 save percentage and three shutouts.
The 6-foot-6, 216-pound netminder split the 2016-17 season between the Ontario Reign of the AHL and Rogle of the Swedish Hockey League. He posted a 3-3 record in six games with the Ads during the 10-11 and 11-12 campaigns.
O’Connor appeared in 37 games with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators in 2016-17, posting a 14-18-1 record with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, native has one game of NHL experience, making his debut for the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 11, 2015 and recording 34 saves in a 3-1 loss.
A 6-foot-6, 205-pound undrafted netminder, O’Connor spent three seasons at Boston University from 2012-15, posting a 25-4-4 record during the 2014-15 campaign to help the Terriers claim the 2015 Hockey East Championship.
The Admirals will kick off the home portion of their season on Friday, October 20 at 7 pm at Panther Arena. The opponent, along with the rest of the team’s 17-18 schedule, will be released later this summer.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 campaign are on sale now and start for as little as $135. For more information, or to purchase season tickets, fans should visit www.milwaukeeadmirals.com or call the Admirals office at (414) 227-0550.
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