Friday, August 05, 2005

Kariya becomes a Predator

Unrestricted free agent forward Paul Kariya has signed a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators.
TSN has learned the deal will pay Kariya $4.5 million per year.
Kariya played nine seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He was taken by Anaheim with the fourth pick of the NHL entry draft in 1993 - the year the expansion Ducks came into the league.
Kariya, with Teemu Selanne at his side, was among the most productive offensive players in the NHL, totalling 669 points in 606 games with the Ducks.
Both players also made a huge splash in the free agent market in 2003, signing one-year contracts with the Avalanche. He was limited to 36 points in 51 games with Colorado, missing 21 games with wrist and ankle injuries.
Kariya, who made $10 million US in 2002-2003 with the Mighty Ducks, became an unrestricted free agent when Anaheim declined to make him a qualifying offer. He agreed to a $1.2 million contract with the Avalanche.

With the signing of Kariya at such a low price, the Predators are in good position and should consider Kariya's buddy, Teemu Selanne.

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