Per Ryan Rishaug of TSN, the Predators have signed defenseman Tyler Sloan, formerly of the Washington Capitals organization. The thirty-year-old spent 7 years in the minors before serving as the Caps' 7th defenseman for the past three years. This news comes curiously close to David Poile's negative update on the health of Francis Bouillon.
Still, with Teemu Laakso slated to take the Alexander-Sulzer-memorial seat in the press box, and Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Matthias Ekholm all NHL-ready, I think Sloan has a better shot at being Brent Lebda's partner in Milwaukee than ever suiting up for the Preds.
No word on the terms of the deal, but I'm guessing your standard 2-way contract.
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(Update by Dirk) Courtesy of Japers Rink, here's an excerpt from his season review:
Last season, Sloan was lauded for his versatility at being a swingman, holding down a checking line forward position when necessary. Not so in the 2010-11 campaign, where Sloan saw no time at forward and got a sweater for fewer games, and less ice time in those games, than a season ago (and declining in TOI/G for the second consecutive season).
And speaking of "hidden" in the Good above, Sloan was largely kept off of the PK, averaging barely 20 seconds of ice per 60 minutes for all Caps D (20 GP minimum).
Finally, when injuries to the blue line in elimination game four of the second round of the playoffs called for desperate measures to ice three defense pairs for the Caps, it was Sean Collins, who spent most of the season in Hershey, that got the nod, and not #89, who was part of the big club all season long. Good thing for Sloan that he's the one signed for one more NHL season. But maybe not so good for the Caps.
Sloan was bought out of the final season of his contract by the Capitals last month, so he'll pocket $233,334 from Washington for the next two years (per CapGeek) aside from whatever he earns with the Preds. This is, to say the least, an interesting signing, and we'll follow up with more details as they become available.