Nashville Predators re-sign Anthony Bitetto to 2-year, $1.225 million contract

AKA: Tony Bitetto, who sounds like Rocky Balboa's boss from the first movie.

The Nashville Predators have re-signed Anthony Bitetto.

Bitetto started the year as the eighth defenseman on the depth chart, leading many to question why he was on the club instead of in Milwaukee. With Seth Jones leaving for Columbus, and Victor Bartley being traded to Arizona then Montreal, he was given an opportunity to step onto the roster full time. Splitting time with Petter Granberg, Bitetto has separated himself and gets the call more often than not.

Though his full-time tenure started a little on the rocky side, he's since become a decent 6D option and provided the Predators with some solid performances as of late. Paired with Jackman, that's become a decent pairing, and David Poile has rewarded the steadfast Bitetto with some security going forward.

From the Preds:

Nashville, Tenn. (February 26, 2016) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed defenseman Anthony Bitetto to a two-year, $1.225 million contract that will see him receive $575,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18.

Bitetto, 25 (7/15/90), has appeared in the Predators last 11 games and has one assist in 17 games for the club in 2015-16. Paired with seven games during three recalls a season ago, the Island Park, New York, native has one point (1a) in 24 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bitetto spent the majority of his first three professional seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals from 2012-15; the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder ranked among the Top 20 AHL blueliners in assists in 2014-15, while tying for sixth among AHL defensemen in goals (11), and for ninth in power-play goals (6) during his first full season with Milwaukee in 2013-14.

Nashville's fourth choice, 168th overall (sixth round), in the 2010 Entry Draft, Bitetto did not miss a game during his two-year collegiate career at Northeastern University (Hockey East) from 2010-12, compiling 35 points (7g-28a) in 72 games and being named to the 2011 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. He was a 2009-10 All-USHL Second Team selection in his first full season with the Indiana Ice and helped Indiana win the 2009 Clark Cup. He is on Twitter @ABitetto7.

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