The Nashville Predators signed left winger Scott Hartnell from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The terms of the deal are for one year and $1 million.
Hartnell is actually returning to the Predators. He played his first six National Hockey League seasons in the Music City.
The signing by the Predators comes two days after the Blue Jackets bought Hartnell out of his contract. Columbus will pay Hartnell $7 million over the next four years, but the decision still saves Columbus money as he was originally to be paid $9.5 million over the next two seasons.
Hartnell is one of three players the Blue Jackets have bought out for the 2017-18 season. The others are Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin. Boll played last year for the Anaheim Ducks and Tyutin played last year with the Colorado Avalanche.
This past season in Columbus, Hartnell played 78 regular season games and had 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points. He also was a +14 with 63 penalty minutes (least he has had since his rookie season of 2000-01), two power play goals, three power play points, one game winning goal, 104 shots on goal, three faceoff wins, 94 hits, 40 blocked shots, 17 takeaways and 30 giveaways.
It will now be interesting to see if Hartnell brings back his toughness he has always been known for. The Regina native was considered one of the NHL's top power forwards during his prime, which included seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.