Ex-Nashville Predators Joel Ward and Steve Sullivan signed new deals on opening day of the NHL free agency period.
The 30-year old Ward parlayed his recent playoff success into a 4-year $12 million deal with the Washington Capitals which doubles his $1.5 million salary for the past two years with the Predators. Ward had 7 goals and six assists in 12 playoff games for the Preds after only having 10 goals and 19 assists in 80 regular season games which was the lowest production of his three seasons in Nashville.
Sullivan signed a one year $1.5 million deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins which is a drastic cut from his $3.75 million payday with the Predators last season. However, after the Preds decided to go in other directions, the deal will allow Sullivan to continue his career with a good team that has a good chance of going deep in the playoffs.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass