The Predators continue to re-shape their lineup today.
After a report indicating that they have signed Nick Bonino to a four-year deal, they have also now added Scott Hartnell to a one-year deal worth $1 million.
From the Predators:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Scott Hartnell to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hartnell, 35 (4/18/82), returns to the city where his career began when the Predators selected him sixth overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound winger spent the first six seasons of his NHL career in Nashville, totaling 93 goals and 211 points in 436 games. From there, Hartnell spent seven seasons in Philadelphia, followed most recently by three seasons with Columbus. In total, Hartnell has skated in 1,187 career games, recording 314 goals and 683 points over that span to go along with 1,727 penalty minutes.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Hartnell was named to the 2002 NHL YoungStars roster while with the Predators and skated in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Flyers. He posted a career-high 37 goals and 67 points during the 2011-12 season with Philadelphia and appeared in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final with the Flyers, coached by Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette. Hartnell amassed 13 goals and 37 points for the Blue Jackets last season.
This comes after the Preds also traded away Colin Wilson, freeing up cap room for more moves.
Hartnell is still a very serviceable middle six forward who goes to the front of the net and brings a nice physical game. At $1 million, the Preds get a guy who can contribute 15-20 goals playing against 3rd-4th line competition. This is a great addition.
This has been one of the most active Free Agency Days in recent Predators history. And there are likely more moves to come. Stick around for more!