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Nashville Predators Ink Matt Irwin To One-Year Contract Through 2017-18 Season

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Matt Irwin has earned himself a one-year extension.

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The Predators announced during the second period of their contest against the Panthers that they have signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a contract for the 2017-18 season worth $650,000.

This, via the Predators:

Nashville, TN - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season worth $650,000.

Irwin, 29 (11/29/87), has appeared in 32 games for the Preds this season, and has earned eight points (3g-5a). He leads the team and ranks third among Western Conference defensemen with a +14 rating. From Nov. 1-5, the blueliner scored in three consecutive games, matching a career high. Irwin's first goal as a member of the Predators came on Nov. 1 at Colorado, which was the game-winning goal.

Irwin has really been a bright spot this season for Nashville. His eight-point total this year has been a boost seeing as how he was a bit of a question mark heading into the season after playing just two NHL games a year ago for the Bruins.

He has shown his versatility sliding alongside any defenseman the coaching staff has asked him to this season.

Irwin has 19 goals and 40 assists in 187 career NHL games.