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Nashville inks Jonathon Blum to a one-year deal

Sep 13, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

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Jonathon Blum #7 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Jonathon Blum has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators, according to the Tennessean.

He was the team’s final restricted free agent and will make $650,000 in the NHL. His annual AHL salary will be $105,000, but he’s guaranteed to make at least $300,000 in 2012-13, even if he spends the full campaign in the minors.

The Predators lost one of the top defensemen in the NHL over the summer when Ryan Suter signed with the Minnesota Wild. However, there’s still reason to be optimistic about Nashville’s long-term situation thanks to their core of promising young defensemen that includes Blum, Roman Josi, and Ryan Ellis

Blum only participated in 33 NHL games in 2011-12 compared to 48 contests in the minors, but he should play a much bigger role with the Nashville Predators this season — when/if the players and owners agree on a new CBA.

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