PREDATORS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD MARTIN ERAT

Nashville, Tenn. — Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has  agreed  to  terms  with  restricted  free-agent forward Martin Erat on a two-year contract.  Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Erat,  24, scored a career-high 20 goals in 2005-06, and matched  his  career  bests  in  points (20g-29a-49pts) and games played (80). The  2005-06  campaign  was  the  second consecutive 40-point NHL season  for  the  Trebic, Czech Republic native, and he also represented the  Czech  Republic at both the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2006 World Championships.   In  the  2006  NHL playoffs, Erat finished second among team forwards in average ice time per game (19:30).

 

Originally  Nashville's  12th  selection,  191st  overall (seventh round), in  the  1999  NHL  Entry  Draft,  Erat has recorded 139 points (46g-93a) in 263 career games with the Predators. 

The versatile forward enters 2006-07 ranked seventh on the franchise's all-time scoring list.

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