NASHVILLE PREDATORS SIGN FIVE PLAYERS
Predators ink Endicott, Goehring, Leahy, Segal and Yonkman -

Nashville,  Tenn. — Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has re-signed restricted free-agent forward Brandon Segal (SEE-guhl). In  addition,   the   Predators   have  signed  the  following  unrestricted free-agents:  center  Shane  Endicott  (EHN-dih-kawt),  goaltender  Karl Goehring  (GAIR-ihng),  forward Pat Leahy (LAY-hee) and defenseman Nolan Yonkman (YAWNK-man).

Segal,  23  (7/12/83),  posted  career-highs  last season in goals
(18),  assists  (15),  points  (33)  and  penalty minutes (126) with the American   Hockey   League's  Milwaukee  Admirals,  Nashville's  primary developmental  affiliate.  The 6-3, 215-pound Richmond, B.C. native also contributed  three  points  (1g-2a)  in  21  playoff  games, helping the Admirals  reach  the  Calder  Cup  Finals  for  the second time in three seasons. Segal was originally Nashville's second choice, 102nd overall (fourth round), in the 2002 Entry Draft.

Endicott,  24  (12/21/81),  set  NHL  career-highs in games played
(41),  points  (1g-1a-2pts) and penalty minutes (43) with the Pittsburgh Penguins  in  2005-06.  The  6-3,  215-pound  centerman  was  originally Pittsburgh's  second  selection, 52nd overall (second round) in the 2000 Entry  Draft.  The Saskatoon, Sask. native has appeared in 45 career NHL games with Pittsburgh.

 

 

Goehring,  27 (8/23/78), split time in 2005-06 between San Antonio of  the  AHL and Jokerit Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, appearing in  42  total  games. Prior to this past season, the Apple Valley, Minn. native  played  four seasons with Syracuse of the AHL, where he averaged 38  starts  per  year and posted at least 17 victories in three straight seasons.  An  undrafted  free  agent,  Goehring  spent four years at the University of North Dakota where he won a national championship in 2000.

Leahy,  27 (6/9/79), posted NHL career-highs in games played (43), goals (4), assists (4) and points (8) in 2005-06 with the Boston Bruins. The  6-3,  210-pound  right wing, originally the New York Rangers' fifth selection, 122nd overall (fifth round), in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, has appeared  in  49  career  NHL games with the Bruins. The Brighton, Mass. native  played  the  2001-02 season with the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, coached by current Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek.

Yonkman,  25  (4/1/81),  has  spent  the  past  five seasons with the Washington organization after being selected 37th overall (second round) by  the  Capitals in the 1999 Entry Draft.  The 6-6, 236-pound blueliner notched  seven  assists  and  86  penalty  minutes  in  38 games for the Capitals  this  past  season.  The  Punnichy, Sask. native has played 50 career NHL games, posting eight points (1g-7a) and 90 penalty minutes.

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