NHL News of the Day: Nino Niederreiter heads to Nashville & Pittsburgh resigns Kapanen
Ricky Gray | July 22, 2022
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The offseason in the NHL continues to heat up with the latest signings.
The Nashville Predators have landed Nino Niederreiter on a two-year $8m contract, announced by the team on Thursday.
This boosts the Predators offense again after recently signing Filip Forsberg to an eight-year extension earlier this month. Niederreiter is coming off of back-to-back 20-plus-goal seasons, and is a big winger (6-foot-2) with a strong two-way game.
Last season, the 29-year-old Niederreiter had 24 goals and 20 assists in 75 games for the Carolina Hurricanes.
On Zoom, Niederreiter said: “They're such a competitive team. They skate really hard. They're very physical and hard to compete. And I think we had a really tough time. And I think this team is not very far from having such a great run.”
In his career, Niederreiter has totaled 181 goals and 187 assists in 732 career games, scoring at least 25 points in nine of his 12 NHL seasons. He’s played in every NHL postseason since 2014 and has 15 goals and 15 assists in 82 playoff games.
Over in Pittsburgh, the Penguins have resigned Kasperi Kapanen to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $3.2m.
Kapanen called his last season the “worst” of his career scoring 11 goals to go with 21 assists in 79 games. His goal total was marked the lowest of Kapanen's career since the shortened season during the pandemic.
Kapanen has 63 goals and 89 assists in 321 games with Pittsburgh and Toronto. He has added five goals and eight assists in 38 playoff games.
The Penguins were able to avoid arbitration by finding a way to sign Kapanen, even to a small contract.