The Nashville Predators added defenseman Bryan Rodney to the lineup, giving the Predators another option for the final defensive pairing or leadership for the Milwaukee Admirals. Rodney spent his last season with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and scored 15 points in 44 games.
The undrafted defenseman does bring in some NHL experience, playing 33 regular season games with the Carolina Hurricanes and one with the Edmonton Oilers. He has spent most of his career in the AHL, playing for the Albany River Rats, the Charlotte Checkers, the Syracuse Crunch and the Oklahoma City Barons. The Predators press release is below.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.
Rodney, 29 (4/22/84), spent the 2012-13 season with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, notching 15 points (4g-11a) in 44 games. In 2010-11, he served as captain of the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), being named to his first AHL All-Star Classic, and finishing among the league’s Top 10 defensemen in assists and points (9g-38a-47pts). Since turning pro in 2005-06, the 6-4, 204-pound blueliner has 13 points (1g-12a) in 34 NHL contests with Edmonton and Carolina, and 181 points (34g-147a) in 350 AHL games with Hartford, Albany, Charlotte, Syracuse, Oklahoma City and Manchester.
The London, Ont., native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-05, amassing 234 points (47g-187a) with Ottawa, Kingston and London. He led all OHL blueliners in points in 2003-04 (11g-65a-76pts), and assists in both 2002-03 (52) and 2003-04 (65).