The Predators have announced they have re-signed defenseman Jonathon Blum to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level with a guarantee of $300,000 for 2012-13.
Blum was the last of Nashville’s restricted free agents who had yet to be signed. He spent 33 games with the Predators last season and was a minus-14 before being sent to Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee after the new year.
Blum, 23, was Nashville’s 2007 first round draft pick. He was an integral part of the Predators’ playoff run two seasons ago, taking part in all 12 postseason games as a second-pairing defenseman.
He fell out of favor in 2011-12 and was effectively replaced in the lineup by rookie defensemen Roman Josi and/or Ryan Ellis. Blum spent the summer in Nashville working on his conditioning in preparation for what he hopes will be a bounce-back 2012-13 (if there is a full season).
Perhaps a comeback season for him if it's not fully locked out? He certainly has an opportunity for more minutes with Suter gone (not positionally as he's a RH d-man where Suter played LH-side).
Edited by elvis15, 13 September 2012 - 02:32 PM.