Jun 30, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT
Paul Gaustad won’t be testing the free agent market on Sunday. The Nashville Predators waited until the 11th hour to do it but, according to the Tennessean’s Josh Cooper, they have locked up Gaustad to a four-year, $13 million contract extension.
This comes as a bit of a surprise as Gaustad’s agent previously made it sound like he would still be available on July 1. Still, this deal represents a substantial raise over his 2011-12 salary of $2.5 million.
The Nashville Predators surrendered a first-round pick in order to pry Gaustad away from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline. He should be primarily regarded as a third or fourth-line center, but he’s good at what he does.
He’s particularly impressive on the draw and maintained a 57.3 faceoff winning percentage in 2011-12. He should continue to provide the Predators with some depth and bolster their defense.
- How do Voracek, Giroux compare to the most expensive duos? 52
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal 71
- Report: Canucks, Sutter closing in on five-year deal, north of $20M 28
- Voynov serving sentence at jail that once advertised it had flat screen TVs 45
- Report: Bernier and Leafs more than $2 million apart ahead of Friday’s arbitration hearing 12
- Flyers re-sign Couturier: six years, $26 million 41
- Benning calls Sutter a ‘foundation piece’ for Canucks 24
- Here’s a chart that shows which teams have been good/bad at drafting 42
- Penguins sign Fehr to three-year, $6 million contract 22
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening 54
- Bettman says NHL would have to ‘consider’ putting Quebec City in the Western Conference (71)
- Voracek turns monster season into massive eight-year deal (71)
- Rangers sign Stepan — six years, $39 million (62)
- NBC Sports to broadcast 105 NHL games in 2015-16 (58)
- Trade: Penguins send Sutter to Canucks for Bonino, Clendening (54)