The Nashville Predators have just announced that they have re-signed Cody Bass to a new two-year, two-way contract that will keep the veteran forward in the organization until the 2017-18 season.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (June 1, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Cody Bass to a two-year, two-way contract worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17, and $650,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 at the AHL level in 2017-18.
Bass, 29 (1/7/87), split his first season in the Nashville organization between the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals (39gp, 4g-5a-9pts, 84 PIMs) and the Predators (17gp, 0pts, 17 PIMs), while also suiting up for six of the team’s seven games during their Round One series victory over the Anaheim Ducks. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has appeared in 66 career NHL contests with Nashville, Ottawa and Columbus since 2007-08, posting five points (2g-3a) and 88 penalty minutes, and 370 career AHL games with Milwaukee, Binghamton, Springfield and Rockford, posting 98 points (41g-57a) and 794 penalty minutes. The Owen Sound, Ontario, native has served as an alternate captain at the AHL level in five of the past six seasons, and won the 2011 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as presented annually to the AHL’s man of the year for service to his local community. He also helped Binghamton win the 2011 Calder Cup.
Ottawa’s third choice, 95th overall (fourth round), in the 2005 Entry Draft, Bass logged 247 Ontario Hockey League games with Mississauga and Saginaw from 2003-07, amassing 124 points (40g-84a) and 371 penalty minutes.
This news is fantastic to hear given the youth of both the Milwaukee Admirals as well as their parent club of their parent club. I joked at the start of last season that Bass was the oldest player on the Admirals roster. Having someone of his experience and leadership qualities is a tremendous asset to have at the AHL level. Not only that but Bass’ abilities on the ice lent itself to a return to the NHL. Bass played 17 games with the Predators last season as well as 6 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was his first taste of NHL action since the 2013-14 season as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
As far as front-runners for team captain of the Admirals go for next season I believe Bass will be at the top if he doesn’t outright make the Predators out of pre-season camp. Should he return to the Admirals the bottom line grit and penalty kill won’t miss a beat.
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