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Preds sign Volchenkov: one year, $1 million

Jul 7, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators have added some experience on the blueline, inking former Sens and Devils rearguard Anton Volchenkov to a one-year, $1 million deal.

“Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely,” Preds GM Poile said in a statement. “He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties.”

Volchenkov, 32, hit free agency on June 30 when the Devils elected to use a compliance buyout on the final two years of his six-year, $25.5 million deal. The move freed New Jersey from his $4.25 million cap hit, but Volchenkov will still get $1.4 million per year in salary until 2018 — possibly why he signed in Nashville for such a (reasonably) low rate.

While the Russian rearguard does boast a wealth of experience, he saw his ice time plummet last season (he averaged the lowest TOI of any Devils defenseman) and has missed extensive time over the last two years with a myriad of injuries. He actually hasn’t averaged more than 20 minutes a night since his last year in Ottawa (2009-10), whne he finished 18th in Norris voting.

With Nashville, Volchenkov instantly becomes the oldest defenseman on the roster and could provide tutelage for the likes of Seth Jones (19 years old) and Ryan Ellis (23).

  1. tross16 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Woah woah woah hold the phone did he just write volchy can match up against top line players? Haha that’s hilarious

  2. Brian - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    He just said that he COULD match up with top line players, in much the same way that an old, sick wildebeest may match up against a young, hungry lion. He didn’t say anything about it being a good idea.

  3. quizguy66 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Volchy was solid on the penalty kill, that part of the sentence is true. Against top-line forwards, not so much.

    But it’s a low-risk low $ contract for the Preds. A sensible signing.

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      I guess so but they need Offense… Their defense along with boston or two of the better teams behind the blue line.

  4. pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    there better be a hell of a bonus incentive if they think he will playing against top line players…. it is Nashville but if they couldn’t turn Del Zotto around i doubt they will get more than blocked shots and pretty good PK out of Volchenkov. Never know though. His biggest downfall is his feet.

    • pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Quick… Maybe they will take Salvador for a 5th or 6th round pick? Unload the artillery

  5. devilsarethebest - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    It’s actually irrelevant to them what side he shoots from.

    • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      He has a decent shot. Hes just a slug. He will take you down if your within a foot of him though. No doubt about that

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