Jun 11 2013, 1:28am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
The Associated Press reports the deal secured the other piece of the Predators' top defensive line, the other being Shea Weber. Nashville general manager David Poile said Josi's growth last season was just too good to not be noticed.
"I think last year we saw the growh in Roman almost like no other younger player we've had, probably the best comparison I could come up with is Shea Weber and Ryan Suter. The irony of that of course is Roman fit in very nicely into Ryan's position last year."
"Just turning 23 last week, I think the potential is certainly there for Roman to be one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League. Obviously, signing him to seven years ensures that we will have our top defense pairing intact for any number of years with he and our captain Shea Weber. I think the foundation continues to get stronger here within the last year."
CBS Sports' Brian Stubits divulged Josi will be paid $2.5 million next season. The highest he'll be paid will be during the 2018-19 NHL season, when he will earn $5.25 million.
Josi scored 18 points in 48 games for the Predators this season, exceeding his rookie total from the season before. He ranked 19th in the NHL in total minutes played. He also led Switzerland to a silver medal in the world championships.
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