Saros Hair on Monday signed a four-year, $ 20 million contract with the Nashville Predators. It has an average annual value of $ 5 million.
“Juuse has proven himself to be one of the best young goalies in the NHL and we are very happy that he remains our number one goalie for years to come,” said Predators general manager David Poile. “While being mentored by Pekka Rinne, he has spent the last few seasons growing up and taking physical and mental steps to be one of the best goalies in this league, as evidenced by his place on the NHL rookie squad in 2017-2018 to finish close to leading the vote for the Vézina Trophy last season. “
Saros was 21-11-1 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 36 games (35 starts) with the Predators last season. Among NHL goaltenders to play at least 15 games, he was tied with Chris Driedger of the Florida Panthers for fourth save percentage and tied for ninth overall with Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins.
Saros became Nashville’s No. 1 goalie midway through the season after splitting his time with Pekka Rinne, who retired on July 13. when the Predators were knocked out by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round.
“Juuse gives our team a chance to win in every game he plays, and we are confident that with him at the helm of the tandem we have established with David Rittich (one year contract signed July 28), our goalkeepers will be a big part of our success in 2021-2022, ”said Poile.
Selected by Nashville in the fourth round (99 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Saros is 76-47-17 with a 2.50 GAA, .920 save percentage and 14 shutouts in 155 games. regular season (139 starts) and 3 -7 with an average of 2.63 and a save percentage of .914 in 17 playoff games (10 starts).