Goalie Mark Dekanich signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday and guaranteed he will have the opportunity to compete for a job on the NHL roster.
The 24-year-old is one of the leading candidates to be the backup to Pekka Rinne following the free agent departure of Dan Ellis.
He was one of three Nashville restricted free agents who had not signed. His deal left only forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Cody Franson without deals a little more than a month before the start of training camp.
Dekanich went 27-16-4 last season at Milwaukee and played all seven games of the first-round playoff loss to Chicago. A fifth-round pick in 2006, he has gone 44-26-6 with six shutouts in two seasons as a professional.
Before he turned pro he played four years at Colgate and became the school’s all-time leader in games, saves, save percentage and shutouts.
His deal will pay him $550,000 if he’s in the NHL and $75,000 if he’s in the AHL.