Luke Kunin signed a two-year, $ 4.6 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $ 2.3 million.
The 23-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, was traded to Nashville with a 2020 NHL Draft fourth-round pick (Adam Wilsby) by the Minnesota Wild on Oct. 7 for the forward. Nick Bonino and a second and third round pick in the 2020 draft.
“I’ve been here, I’d say, for really a week after the exchange,” Kunin said. “I’ve been here to skate with the guys, to train with the guys. And then I still come in every day and join the meetings, train and do what I can without going on the ice. I always try to be part of this group. I want to be here. I was happy to start and exit today. ”
Kunin scored career highs in the NHL in goals (15), assists (16) and points (31) in 63 games for the Wild last season. He scored two goals in their four-game loss to the Vancouver Canucks in the best of five Stanley Cup playoffs, his first NHL postseason.
“It’s great to see him on the ice,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “We’ve had him at all of our meetings and he’s been in and around the group, but to be able to get into the first practice it was nice to see him on the ice. I thought he had a good first day. He was skating and he looked like he was ready to go from the start today.
” It was good. He’s a smart player. He’s very competitive and I thought he picked up some of the things we really wanted to talk about for him on day one. Excited that we now have it with us and have signed up. I think it’s great for Luke and his career, but also for our team. ”
Selected by Minnesota with the 15th pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kunin scored 52 points (23 goals, 29 assists) in 131 regular season games.
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Robby Stanley contributed to this report
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