Originally written on Section 303  |  Last updated 7/1/12
He was one of the final players moved at the trade deadline in February and, last night, he became one of the final players signed before free agency opened.The Nashville Predators have re-signed center Paul Gaustad.Gaustad, 30, is now locked up through the 2015-16 season and is set to make $3.25 million per year.If you’re thinking that four years at $13 million is a little steep for a third line center, you’re not alone. However, you must remember that Gaustad brings a lot to table that the Predators don’t have in-house right now. First off, he can take face-offs right-handed or left-handed, making him extremely valuable in the circle. Secondly, he’s a tremendous penalty killer. Thirdly, when healthy, he can produce 30 point seasons from the bottom six. Fourthly, he has leadership qualities that the Predators really covet in their veterans. He was an alternate captain both with the Buffalo Sabres before the trade and with Team USA at the World Championships in 2011.“If he signs tha...
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