The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free-agent defenceman Mattias Ekholm to a two-year, $2.075-million US contract.
The Predators announced the signing Wednesday. The contract will pay Ekholm $1.0375 million each of the next two seasons.
Ekholm, 24, had one goal and eight assists in 62 games as a rookie last season. He was one of only six NHL defencemen to play at least 50 games and to be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes.
He also played one game for the Predators in 2012-13 and appeared in two games with the team in 2011-12.
Wednesday afternoon, Ekholm tweeted:
Super exited to be back with @PredsNHL for at least the next couple of years! Cant wait for the season to start.— Mattias Ekholm (@MatEkh14) July 9, 2014