Preds sign Perreault to one year deal

The competition for the Predators’ second-line center has come to an end.The team signed veteran center Yanic Perreault to a one-year, two-way deal this morning and he’ll be in Wednesday’s lineup for the season opener. Perreault, an 11-year NHL veteran, had been in training camp on a tryout basis.

Financial terms weren’t released. Randy Robitaille was assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL, but first must clear waivers. Perreault is a great signing for Nashville, as it adds a face-off specialist who can contribute offensively, especially with the line-mates he’s going to end up with, more than likely Walker and Sullivan.

6 Responses to Preds sign Perreault to one year deal

  1. Montrealsdogg says:

    that’s good news but i hardly thought the guy would be that much on thin ice, he’s no superstar but he certainly is a capable player which can contribute.

  2. distance7 says:

    Certainly capable. I think Poile did a good job to pick him up this way. I don’t know the numbers but I’d say 700k is probably the max, and that is outstanding for Perreault. And not to mention the fact that Nashville was in need of a reliable veteran player, especially at center. And he’s led the league in faceoff % for 5 years in a row…yada yada yada. I’ve always liked Yanic, good to see him in Nashville. His numbers should be good this year, especially with Sullivan and Walker.

  3. robinson19 says:

    During the Habs first round elimination of Boston last time, Perrault was instrumental, with a lot of points as a powerplay specialist, and huge key faceoffs. He’s vying with Newendyk for best faceoff man currently active, and yet he has to try out along side a bunch of kids in a hockey C market? It just goes to show how guys with real, subtle hockey skills aren’t appreciated the same way as some guy who blabs alot or a boxer who can barely skate.

  4. CanDude says:

    I think people forget that Perreault was the Habs’s leading scorer in 2001-2002, and 3rd in 2002-2003.

    3rd with Toronto in 2000-2001.

    Somehow Julien or Gainey had other plans for him for some reason. Not quite sure why.

    There’s more than just scoring that’s important, but he’s a decent player.

  5. Kamakaze says:

    He is a fine 2nd line centerman, and adds a lot with Legwand and Johnson as the teams top 3 centers. He is also a great faceoff man, something every team can use in an important situation. Adding him and Kariya to Legwand, Sullivan and Walker, as well as a number of good young scorers and grinders, this will not be a fun team to play against. If they can play well as a unit and up to potential (that is, all the rookies do their job, make few mistakes, Kariya and co. play up to or past their ability) then this team is kind of scary. they have the kind of team that can really beat you with speed, skill, and grit.

    However, I am NOT sold on their defense. That is the key weakness to this team, aside from inexperience. this team NEEDS someone to count on back on defense. markov is a start, but the other good defensive defensemen on this team are either young, or journymen, and the other guys are mainly offensive defensemen. They have the raw talent their, but this group needs a lot of work to be molded into a truly stable unit.

    However, they have Vokun in net, and he is a fine goalie. One of the better netminders in the league. If their offense gets in gear, and the defense doesn’t hang him out to dry every night, he should be able to steal some wins.

  6. distance7 says:

    Vying with Nieuwendyk?

    Last 5 years :


    Yanic Perreault (Tor.) – .618

    Joe Nieuwendyk (Dal.) – .591

    Tim Taylor (NYR) – .589

    Eric Lindros (Phi.) – .578

    Rod Brind’Amour (Phi.-Car.) – .570


    Yanic Perreault (Tor.) – .627

    Rod Brind’Amour (Car.) – .604

    Mike Sillinger (Fla.-Ott.) – .603

    Steve Yzerman (Det.) – .596

    Adam Oates (Was.) – .589


    Yanic Perreault (Mtl.) – .613

    Rod Brind’Amour (Car.) – .592

    Ron Francis (Car.) – .589

    Joe Nieuwendyk (Dal.) – .588

    Steve Yzerman (Det.) – .584


    Yanic Perreault (Mtl.) – .629

    Chris Gratton (Buf.-Pho.) – .586

    Joe Nieuwendyk (N.J.) – .585

    Dave Andreychuk (T.B.) – .584

    Bobby Holik (NYR) – .582


    Yanic Perreault (Mtl.) – .652

    Rod Brind’Amour (Car.) – .611

    Joe Nieuwendyk (Tor.) – .604

    Andrei Nikolishin (Colo.) – .581

    Dave Andreychuk (T.B.) – .578

    He’s pretty much dominating everyone…

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