Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen rejects Nashville Predators contract

BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 12: Nashville Predators prospect Jani Lajunen (front) of Finland controls the puck against Ole Tollefsen (back) of Norway during the IIHF World Championship quarter final match between Finland and Norway at Orange Arena on May 12, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

While most of our attention has been on the top of the Nashville Predators defensive depth chart, a move to shore up the bottom end hasn't panned out, as reports out of Sweden indicate that Norwegian defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen has rejected a contract offer by the Preds and will stay in Sweden's Elitserien, playing for Farjestad.


Ole-Kristian Tollefsen

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From the translated report:

Do you remember last year? When Ole-Kristian Tollefsen was offered a contract by Nashville and wanted to, but was stopped by Modo because the actual release date had passed. He has gotten even stronger bid from the club this summer. But this time it is he and not the club who choose to put an end to the transition.

A veteran of five rather forgettable NHL seasons with Columbus and Philadelphia, Tollefsen would have perhaps added a bit of beef to the 3rd pair, but this isn't a huge loss for the Preds. It sounds like personal reasons played a big role in this decision, as he and his wife have a baby on the way in August.

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