The re-signing and new contract news keeps coming out of the Nashville Predators organization. First there was Colton Sissons signing a new three-year contract with the Predators. That was followed by Anthony Bitetto signing a new two-year contract with the Predators. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Admirals re-signed Jimmy Oligny for two-years. And now today the Predators have re-signed Miikka Salomäki to a new two-year contract.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (March 1, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed forward Miikka Salomaki (MEE-kah SA-loh-MA-kee) to a two-year, $1.225 million contract that will see him receive $575,000 in 2016-17 and $650,000 in 2017-18.
Salomaki, 22 (3/9/93), has seven points (4g-3a) in 45 games this season and eight points (5g-3a) in 46 career NHL games since scoring in his Predators debut on Jan. 8, 2015, vs. Dallas. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound left wing spent the majority of his first two North American professional seasons with the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals from 2013-15, amassing 70 points (28g-42a) in 117 games. He posted a team-leading 50 points (20g-30a) as a rookie in 2013-14, good for a tie for fifth among first-year AHLers.
Nashville’s second choice, 52nd overall (second round), in the 2011 Entry Draft, the Raahe, Finland, native has represented his country internationally on seven occasions, most recently helping the Suomi to a silver medal at the 2014 World Championship. Salomaki played for Karpat’s Under-18, Junior and Elite League teams from 2009-13, winning a junior league title and being named league rookie of the year in 2009-10.
What a difference a year makes for Salomäki. This time last year the Finn was officially labeled as out for the rest of the season due to suffering a second shoulder injury of the season that would require surgery. Now, the 22-year old finds himself nestled into his home at the NHL level with the Predators doing all the incredible things that fans in Milwaukee came to know and love him for.
This season Salomäki started out with the Admirals and played 4 games while scoring 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist). After those first two weeks of the season he would be recalled by the Predators and perform well enough where not only has he come back – he’s earned a new two-year contract. In 45 games at the NHL level this season he has produced 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) to go along with a plus/minus rating of +2 and 22 penalty minutes.
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