The Nashville Predators have signed Ryan Parent, obtained from Philadelphia in the Dan Hamhuis trade, to a two-year contract averaging just under $1 million per season. Interestingly, it's a one-way contract, which makes it much more probable that he's intended to play at the NHL level.
With 102 games of NHL experience, he would certainly seem to have the inside track on a regular job heading into training camp (a question we dug into extensively a couple weeks ago), but what remains to be seen is how well a few months' worth of recovery time has helped with his back troubles from last season (which required surgery in January). Last month we got some insight from a Flyers blogger as to what Nashville can expect from its former 1st-round draft choice. Interestingly, his ballpark estimate for a new salary is on-target (except for the incentive part, which Parent is not eligible for).
Follow after the jump for the team's press release...
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Ryan Parent to a two-year, $1.85 million contract. He will make $850,000 in 2010-11 and $1 million in 2011-12.
Parent, 23 (3/17/87), was reacquired from Philadelphia on June 19, 2010 in exchange for impending unrestricted free agent Dan Hamhuis; he was originally Nashville's first selection, 18th overall (first round), in the 2005 Entry Draft and was sent to the Flyers in the trade that saw the Predators obtain Peter Forsberg on Feb. 15, 2007. The 6-3, 198-pound blueliner played 48 regular-season games for the Flyers in 2009-10, posting three points (1g-2a) and 20 penalty minutes, as well as suiting up for 17 of the club's 23 postseason contests in its run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, posting a goal and two penalty minutes. Since making his NHL debut with Philadelphia following his final junior season with Guelph (OHL) in 2006-07, the stay-at-home defenseman has posted seven points (1g-6a) and 36 penalty minutes in 102 regular-season contests, and two points (1g-1a) and eight penalty minutes in 27 playoff games.
A native of Sioux Lookout, Ont., Parent has won three gold medals and a silver medal with Canada in international competitions, claiming titles at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships and 2004 U-18 World Championships while captaining the Canadians to a silver medal at the 2005 U-18 Worlds.