With young defensemen set to play in NHL, Predators add minor league veteran

Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11:00am

Bryan Rodney, a three-time American Hockey League All-Star, signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators, the team announced Tuesday morning.

The 29-year-old has spent the bulk of his professional career in the AHL, where he has played for six different franchises. He spent last season with the Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings’ top developmental affiliate.

He has played 34 career NHL games with Carolina (33) and Edmonton (one). The bulk of those came in 2009-10 with the Hurricanes.

He has one goal and 12 assists in his NHL career but has scored as many as 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists) in an AHL season. Undrafted out of the Ontario Hockey League, where he averaged better than a point per game over five seasons, he turned pro in 2005-06.

The 6-foot, 204-pounder provides much-needed depth on defense with 23-year-old Mattias Ekholm, 22-year-old Ryan Ellis and 18-year-old Seth Jones all projected to be on the NHL roster.

Rodney’s deal will pay him an NHL salary of $550,000 and an AHL salary of $120,000.