Mikael Granlund signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $5 million.
The 29-year-old forward scored 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 51 regular-season games for Nashville last season and five points (two goals, three assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. He was an unrestricted free agent.
“Signing Mikael to a contract that will keep him here in Nashville was a priority for us as we entered the free agency period,” general manager David Poile said. “He has been one of our most consistent players since he joined the Predators (in 2018-19), played a crucial role in helping turn our team around last season, and fits in extremely well with our team chemistry and the identity we are trying to build. We’re excited to see his continued impact in all three zones of the ice for the next several years and know he and his leadership will be instrumental in helping with the growth of the young group of forwards we’ve assembled.”
Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (No. 9) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Granlund has scored 379 points (124 goals, 255 assists) in 591 regular-season games with the Predators and Wild, and 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 55 NHL playoff games.
David Rittich signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with Nashville on Wednesday. The goalie, who turns 29 on Aug. 19, was 5-8-2 with a 2.86 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games (15 starts) with the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs last season.
Rittich could be the backup to Juuse Saros after Pekka Rinne announced his retirement July 13 after 13 NHL seasons.
Signed by the Flames as an undrafted free agent June 10, 2016, Rittich is 64-40-16 with a 2.82 GAA, a .907 save percentage and four shutouts in 134 games (121 starts) with Calgary and Toronto.