Predators Come to Terms with Five Players
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Darcy Hordichuk and defenseman Kevin Klein to one-year contracts and defenseman Greg Zanon to a two-year deal. The club also signed 2007 Entry Draft selections Robert Dietrich and Andreas Thuresson to three-year contracts. Zanon, 27, established career-highs in games played (66), goals (3), assists (5) and points (8) last season with Nashville. The 5-11, 211-pound blueliner led the Predators and ranked among NHL leaders in blocked shots (189) and finished third on the club in hits (91). The Burnaby, B.C. native, who was a member of the Admirals 2004 Calder Cup Championship team, also ranked second on the club in shorthanded ice time per game (4:09) and ranked second among club d-men with a +16 rating. Klein, 22, skated in three games with Nashville in 2006-07 and scored his first career NHL goal on January 26 vs. Chicago. The 6-1, 195-pound defenseman ranked third among Admirals' blueliners with 20 points (5g-15a) in 70 games in 2006-07. Klein was originally Nashville’s third choice, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft. Hordichuk, 26, has 17 points (8g-9a) and 253 penalty minutes in 127 games with Nashville over the last two seasons. The 6-1, 215-pound native of Kamsack, Sask. posted career-highs in games played (74), goals (7), assists (6), points (13) and penalty minutes (158) with Nashville in 2005-06. Thuresson, 19, registered 15 points (10g-5a) in 49 games with Malmo (Sweden) in 2006-07. The 6-1, 200-pound forward was Nashville’s seventh selection, 144th overall (fifth round), in the 2007 Entry Draft. Dietrich, 20, posted 22 points (3g-19a) in 52 games with Dusseldorf (Germany) in 2006-07. The 5-10, 172-pound blueliner was Nashville’s eighth selection, 174th overall (sixth round) in the 2007 Entry Draft.