Predators re-sign Bass, Hutton wonders if he’s on his way out

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The Nashville Predators signed fighter Cody Bass to a two-year, two-way contract on Wednesday.

There’s no mistaking Bass’ role with the Predators. He fought three times in the NHL and 14 times in the AHL in 2015-16 (according to Hockey Fights). With a two-way contract, Nashville could theoretically call up Bass when they expect a more “physical” game.

Here’s the breakdown of what Bass would make at the NHL vs. AHL level in each season of this two-year deal.

This continues a fairly busy day for Predators GM David Poile, who also locked down important goalie prospect Jonas Gunnarsson.

The signing of Gunnarsson leaves Carter Hutton wondering about his future (or lack thereof) with Nashville, as the backup told the Tennessean.

“The unknown starts now,” Hutton said at the end of the season. “It’s something I’ve been through numerous times now. Obviously, this situation is a lot different than years past. I’ve kind of established myself and had a pretty strong year. Obviously, I play in a tough situation here. That’s my job. … I love Nashville. I want to be in Nashville, so hopefully we can figure something out here to make me stay.”

Bass will deal will some unknowns since he has a two-way deal, but at least he has a contract for two seasons.

Poile’s work is far from done with plenty of cap space and Filip Forsberg to re-sign, by the way.

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