The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract.

Josi began playing professionally with Bern in 2006. Considered one of the best prospects to ever come out of Switzerland, he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Josi was selected to play for the Switzerland national team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, a group that turned out to be very surprising during the tournament. He had previously represented Switzerland at the 2007 and 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships, the 2007, 2008, and 2009 IIHF World U20 Championship, and the 2009 World Championships.

Josi posted 18 points while appearing in all 48 of Nashville’s games in 2012-13, and while that may not seem like a lot for a defenseman on a seven year extension, he is worth it. Playing alongside Shea Weber, Josi has the ability to transition into a fantastic young defenseman, and he will only be 30 when the deal is completed. He was elected the MVP at the 2013 Hockey World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden after helping the Swiss make it all the way to the finals, losing to the hosts when it counted the most (hey look, I rhymed).

Since November 2011, the Predators have signed goaltender Pekka Rinne (7 years), Weber (14 years) and now Josi to long-term contracts. With Patric Hornqvist on the hook with a five year pact, the Predators are surely on their way towards creating a talented team for the future. Their fourth round pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft is going to help a prospect crop that already has Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg, Pontus Aberg, Mattias Ekholm and more in the pipeline.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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