Nashville Predators Extend Captain Roman Josi for 8 Years

Nashville locked up their captain, Roman Josi, before he hits free agency.

The Nashville Predators have signed Roman Josi, their captain since the 2017-18 season, to an 8 year extension worth $9.059 million per season, taking him through the 2027-28 season. Signing Josi was obviously the Predators number-one priority this off-season.

Why this is good for Nashville

There are multiple reasons why this signing is a blessing for Predators fans. One, Josi is their captain. Two, he has had multiple 50 point seasons starting from 2014-15. Plus, he’s been a strong defensive leader as well. Don’t forget the fact that the Predators have been Stanley Cup contenders for the past 3 seasons and have shown no signs of slowing down so far in the 2019-20 NHL season.

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A quick look at Josi’s history as a player

Josi was born on June 1st, 1990, in Switzerland. Beginning during the 2004-05 season until 2006-07 Josi played in the U-17 and U-20 Swiss Junior Leagues. During the 2006-07 season, Josi played for Switzerland in the Junior World Championships. When Josi turned 18 he played in the Swiss Hockey League in 2007-08. Then, in 2008 Josi was drafted by Nashville. Josi Continued to play in Switzerland until 2010 when Nashville signed him to a contract. He played in the AHL until he was called up during the 2011-12 season. In 2012 Josi put up 16 points in 52 games. In 2012-13, during the lockout, Josi played in the World Championship where he dominated the tournament having 9 points in 12 games and earning himself best defenseman. Following this tournament his point production began to rise. He was named captain in 2017-18 following Mike Fisher’s retirement. Info via EliteProspects.

Why Josi is the captain

Roman Josi is the Nashville Predators captain for many reasons. It’s been destined since he was drafted 38th overall in 2008 that he would be a part of the team’s future. Josi was an alternate captain for quite a few World Championship teams. He was also an alternate captain for Nashville beginning in the 2015-16 season, which means he has some pretty good leadership skills. Then, in 2018, he was named captain. Obviously, being a captain in the NHL comes with a lot of responsibility. I’m sure management has faith in him, which is why they extended his contract.

So, after looking at Josi’s leadership qualities and his history as a player, it’s pretty clear why the Predators extended him. I’m glad that Nashville’s management was able to get this deal done before it would become an issue.

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