The Nashville Predators now have some added toughness to go along with Jordin Tootoo.
Yesterday the Predators signed enforcer Zack Stortini to a one year deal worth $550,000.
Stortini became a little expendable from the Oilers, when they were able to sign Ben Eager and Darcy Hordichuk and acquire Andy Sutton from the Anaheim Ducks for Kurtis Foster. With the acquisition of these three enforcers, there’s no doubt in my mind that Oilers’ General Manager Steve Tambellini took the time to read the brilliant article written by anysportanytime’s Terry Nistor back in the fall.
Last season Stortini had four assists and 76 penalty minutes for the Oilers in 32 games. In his career he has 718 penalty minutes in 256 career games.
The Predators also signed winger Niclas Bergfors to a one year deal worth $575,000. Last year he had 12 goals and 24 assists with the Atlanta Thrashers and Florida Panthers. He will be relied upon to provide offense to the team after they traded center Matthew Lombardi and defenceman Cody Franson to Toronto for defenceman Brett Lebda and forward Robert Slaney.
In other signings, the Ottawa Senators also got significantly tougher with the acquisition of enforcer Zenon Konopka from the New York Islanders to a one year deal worth $700,000. Konopka led the National Hockey League in penalty minutes with 307 in 2010-11.