NEW YORK — The Predators have secured goaltender Niklas Hedberg’s services through the end of the season and are in discussions with him on a contract extension, according to general manager David Poile.
The Predators have been shopping Hedberg, 29, this off-season and could consider re-signing him for more money, depending on how he performs this season.
He was 4-2-0 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .926 save percentage this season after spending last season with Nashville.
Hedberg played in all 64 games and was 3-2 with a 1.84 goals-to, 1.26 save-percentage ratio in his first season with the Predators.
The team signed veteran goalie Jake Allen to a four-year contract in April and have also been interested in free agent goalie Jake McCabe, but Poile said Hedberg was a “very important part of our group.”
Hedberg was an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Predators made him the highest-paid goaltender in the league.
Poile, though, has been vocal about how the Predators have not made a trade for a starter this off season.
They’ve only traded two forwards: defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Ryan Ellis.
Hedov is expected to be a big part of the Predators future, but the team could also look to move forward with other goalies as well.
Poiles said Hedstrom has been a “huge part” of the organization.
He said Hedger will be a “strong part” in Nashville, as well as a “big part” as a mentor for the younger players in the organization, including goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who has been struggling to find consistency.
Hodgers first game was Nov. 25 at Arizona.