The greatest free agent signing in Nashville Predators history only spent two seasons with the team, but he made the most of them. Paul Kariya will always be a huge name in hockey. He’s one of the most skilled players to ever take the ice. After a down season with Colorado, he chose to take his talents to a small market team, and on August 5, 2005 he signed with the Nashville Predators.
For starters, Kariya never missed a game with the Predators. He went bonkers in his first season with a line of 31G/54A/85PTS. Those assist and point totals are still team records to this day. He was an assistant captain, scored a hat-trick, and in his time with the Predators had .98 points per game. Last year he became the first Predators player to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.
David Poile knew it then and it’s true now, Paul Kariya “is unquestionably the biggest signing in our club’s history“.