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Predators sign Viktor Arvidsson to Seven-Year Deal

Predators sign Viktor Arvidsson to Seven-Year Deal Dinur/via Flickr

Forward’s contract to have average annual value of $4.25 million


Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson broke out in a big way in the 2016-17 season. Because of that, he’s cashed in on a big payday.

Arvidsson and the Predators agreed to a seven-year contract worth $29.75 million, the team announced on Saturday.

The 24-year-old had a career year last season, establishing career highs in every offensive category. He co-led Nashville in scoring with 31 goals and 61 points, and was tied for third on the team with 3o assists. Arvidsson also led the Predators in shots on goal (246), shorthanded goals (5), and shorthanded points (7). His five shorthanded goals also led the NHL.

He was a key part in helping Nashville reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. However, Arvidsson did struggle to put the puck in the net during the postseason. He only managed to score three times in 22 playoff games. He was, though, tied for third on the team in points with 13.

The signing is big for the Predators, as Arvidsson was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Saturday. The deal was reached before the arbitration ruling was given.

It’s also big because Nashville lost scoring threat James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft. It would’ve been even more difficult to lose Arvidsson, as well.


While Arvidsson’s deal is big in term, the price isn’t steep. Even with the new deal, the Predators still have just over $14.5 million in cap space, according to CapFriendly. This is important since Nashville has two more restricted free agents to sign. One of them is No. 1 center Ryan Johansen.

Johansen’s re-signing is vital if the Predators want to contend for the Stanley Cup again in 2017-18. He co-led the team in scoring with Arvidsson and was first on the roster with 47 assists. Through the first 14 games of Nashville’s playoff run, Johansen led the team with 13 points before going down with an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the postseason.

With Arvidsson locked in, it won’t be surprising if Johansen’s signing happens in the near future.