Locking down one of the most underrated defensemen in the NHL is no small feat, but David Poile is not one to back down from a contractual challenge. The captain isn't going anywhere for a long time.
Roman Josi signed an eight-year deal with the Predators Tuesday morning. He will earn just over $9 million per year until the end of the 2027-2028 season. Josi's contract also includes a No Movement Clause, meaning he cannot be traded or signed away from the team until 2028. Poile hardly ever adds NMCs to player contracts, mainly to ensure full mobility with player assets; the only other current Predator to have an NMC is Pekka Rinne.
Josi's current contract- a seven-year deal paying him $4 million per year- ends at the end of this season. He is one of the lowest-paid but highest-performing defensemen in the NHL. Per CapFriendly, Josi is currently making roughly the same amount as Travis Hamonic (Islanders), Slava Voynov (Kings), and John Klingberg (Stars). Mattias Ekholm makes even less at $3.75 million/year through 2021. Among his teammates, Josi's earnings sit directly in the median of the roster.
Josi has more than earned the contract that will make him the third-highest-paid defenseman in the league. Last season, he recorded his second-most career point total- 56- and tied his career high in goals- 15. He took the most shots he's taken in his career in 2018-2019- 274- and tallied a career-record 36 takeaways.
And he's already off to a great start this season. He has 13 points in 12 games and has already scored five goals. Josi presently sits in third overall among all NHL defensemen in Corsi +/- rating (+64), third overall in Corsi Goals For (16), and seventh overall among all NHL defensemen in Corsi For (246).