The Nashville Predators still hope to get more for their defense from the current free agency signing period.
Tuesday morning, though, they settled on Mike Moore, a 27-year-old whose four-year professional career has been spent almost exclusively in the American Hockey League. Moore agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 if he is in the NHL and $105,000 if he is in the AHL.
The move bolsters Nashville’s depth on defense while franchise officials continue to wait to see whether veteran Ryan Suter re-signs or elects to go to another team.
Moore played six games for the San Jose Sharks during the 2010-11 season. That brief stint included one goal scored and one fight with Dallas’ Mark Fistric, a player not popular with Predators’ fans because of a hit last season that caused captain Shea Weber to miss time with a concussion.
Otherwise, the Ivy League product (he played four years at Princeton) has been a mainstay for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate at Worcester (Mass.), where he was the team captain last season.
Moore, who is 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, played 254 career games at Worcester and racked up 72 points (14 goals, 58 assists) and 365 penalty minutes. Nearly half of his penalty minutes were the result of 28 career fights.