The Nashville Predators and goalie Juuse Saros are no longer on a crash course towards arbitration as they have agreed to a new four-year, $20 million contract.
Nashville and Juuse Saros have a four-year, $20M extension to avoid arbitration
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) August 16, 2021
Saros and the team were headed towards an arbitration hearing this Wednesday as the 26-year-old starting netminder sought a new contract after a career year in 2020. Drafted by Nashville in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Finland native posted a 21-11-1 record in a career-high 35 starts for the Predators a season ago.
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In addition, Saros finished within the Top 10 in wins (7th), goals-against average (10th), and save percentage (4th) during the regular season. He was solid in the playoffs too, posting a .921 save percentage and 2.78 goals-against average. Unfortunately, the Predators fell to the Hurricanes in six games, including losing the last two games in overtime.
Saros’ workload has increased steadily over the last couple of seasons as Pekka Rinne‘s career winded down. Rinne officially retired earlier in the offseason, opening up the door for Saros to officially be the number one goalie movie forward.