Nino Niederreiter signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Nashville Predators, it was confirmed on Thursday. He joins the team after representing the Carolina Hurricanes last season, scoring 44 points (24 goals, 20 assists) in 75 regular season games as well as five points during 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“Playing against them in the past was always hard, they are a very passionate fan base, very loud. Playing for them this year is going to be a lot of fun, knowing all the teams coming into the building and knowing how tough it is to play there, it is definitely going to be a lot of fun,” Niederreiter remarked following the confirmation of his arrival.
Since being selected for the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft as the number five overall pick, Niederreiter has amassed 368 points in 732 regular-season NHL games. Prior to arriving in North Carolina, the 29-year-old player played for the Islanders as well as Minnesota Wild.
According to Niederreiter, the Predators were always near the top of his list of teams that he would consider joining following his tenure with the Hurricanes, particularly due to their goal-scoring strength.