On July 22nd, Predators winger Viktor Arvidsson signed a 7 year, $29.75 million contract. Arvidsson was able to cash in big, after a breakout 61 point sophomore season. He is as quick and aggressive winger as you’ll find in the NHL. He is the driving force behind the Predators forecheck, and is responsible for much of the Predators offensive success. Locking him up long-term was a fantastic move for the Predators
Just a week later, on July 28th, Predators center Ryan Johansen inked a monster 8 year, $64 million deal. He was Nashville’s solid #1 center throughout the season, but was knocked out due to injury in the Western Conference Final. Johansen is one of the NHL’s rising stars, at only 25 years old. He has recorded 60+ points in each of the last 4 seasons. He is the heart of the JoFA line, with Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, the NHL’s 3rd most productive line last season.