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Predators Re-Sign Cody Bass to Two Year Deal

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I can hardly contain my enthusiasm.

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The Predators announced today they've re-signed Cody Bass to a two year, two-way extension worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17, and $650,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2017-18. While he's mostly known amongst my fellow bloggerazzi as the guy who hurt himself trying to lay a hit in the first round, he's almost entirely a depth leadership signing for the AHL affiliate.

He isn't going to make any noise at the NHL level. But on the bright side, he actually won some faceoffs in the playoffs and isn't commanding much of a paycheck. Friend of the blog Daniel Lavender is pretty enthusiastic about this move and speculates that he may take over the Admirals' captaincy vacated by Colton Sissons.

From the press release:

Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Cody Bass to a two-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17, and $650,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2017-18.

Bass, 29 (1/7/87), split his first season in the Nashville organization between the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals (39gp, 4g-5a-9pts, 84 PIMs) and the Predators (17gp, 0pts, 17 PIMs), while also suiting up for six of the team's seven games during their Round One series victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has appeared in 66 career NHL contests with Nashville, Ottawa and Columbus since 2007-08, posting five points (2g-3a) and 88 penalty minutes, and 370 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Binghamton, Springfield and Rockford, posting 98 points (41g-57a) and 794 penalty minutes. The Owen Sound, Ontario, native has served as an alternate captain at the AHL level in five of the past six seasons, and won the 2011 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as presented annually to the AHL’s man of the year for service to his local community. He also helped Binghamton win the 2011 Calder Cup.

Ottawa’s third choice, 95th overall (fourth round), in the 2005 Entry Draft, Bass logged 247 Ontario Hockey League games with Mississauga and Saginaw from 2003-07, amassing 124 points (40g-84a) and 371 penalty minutes.