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Nashville keeps making noise, signs Hendricks: four years, $7.4 million

Jul 5, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have made their third significant signing of the free agency period, agreeing to terms with former Washington forward Matt Hendricks on a four-year, $7.4 million deal.

The deal carries an average annual cap hit of $1.85 million.

Hendricks, 31, blossomed from a fringe NHLer to a lineup regular in the nation’s capital.

He put up a career-high 25 points in his first season with Washington (2010-11) and carved himself a unique role as a tough guy, game fighter, good faceoff man, respected teammate and quality shootout participant.

Hendricks was in the final season of a two-year, $1.65 million deal signed with the Caps in 2011.

There was believed to be a number of teams interested in his services — the Rangers inquired, as did the Vancouver Canucks — but it’s unlikely any were willing to commit the type of term and money Nashville did.


  1. brianforster - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    i guess i understand where the caps are coming from by not even making him an offer, but i certainly agree he deserved a slight raise based on work ethic alone. this is a great contract for both him and nashville.

  2. bohman88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Hendricks was easily in my favorite top 5 for the caps. No, he wasn’t the most flashy and star studded guy, BUT he has more heart than most of the leagues current players. Good pick up for Nashville

    • babykaby - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Apparently you didn’t watch him play this past season.

  3. cdalton2690 - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Great pickup for the Preds. Caps made a big mistake not keeping this guy, or even attempting to keep him. He did whatever his team needed him to do whether it was fight, play the PK, face offs, shootouts everything. Caps are falling apart and the GM keeps his job. Great pick up for Nashville you guys will love him on your team.

    • babykaby - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Watched Hendricks play since he came to the league. This past season the guy couldn’t make it through a single shift without falling down on the ice. Everytime he went down his team was playing a four on five game. He really needs to get stronger on his feet, when he is down on the ice he is not helping his team. Hendricks is a big talker, he rarely shuts up.

  4. jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    nashville is making some solid pickups, good role players but when are they gonna finally get that offensive superstar? mind boggling to me how they plan on winning with a bunch of perrennial 10 or 20 max goal scorers.

  5. hines86for6 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Colin Wilson and Filip Forsberg will both be 30 goal scorers. book it.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      If they don’t, do you have to delete your account?

  6. prosportswashington - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    A bad day for capitals fans-wish him the best of luck!

  7. jeanner61 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Press added some good depth today to strengthen their team

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