Let’s start off today with some feel good news. A fan favorite in Anthony Bitetto has re-signed on a one-year two-way contract with the Nashville Predators today. The deal for the defenseman and New York native is worth $605,000. That should mean a new toy is in order for Reggie.
The biggest story for Bitetto started around this time last year. He was asked to improve his fitness and turned up to camp in tip-top condition. Results came with the hard work off the ice. He started off last season red hot in the goal scoring department and finished off the 2013-14 season with 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 73 games. He also had 85 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of -13.
This deal by Nashville adds yet another defenseman to an already loaded defensive core in the system. You know who will be benefiting the most from this situation? The Milwaukee Admirals and Cincinnati Cyclones. Competition brings out the best in an athlete. I have to imagine fighting for playing time at the highest attainable level possible is in the minds of all young guns in the system – and there is a plethora right now looking for AHL playing time. The ones who will miss the cut in Admirals camp will find themselves with the team that just came up short in the 2014 ECHL Kelly Cup Finals, the Cyclones.
Happy to see the return of Anthony Bitetto? Are more defensemen set to re-sign? Who do you feel is the odd man out in Milwaukee at this point on defense?