P.K. Subban‘s injury situation means that the Nashville Predators’ off-season gets a grade of “Incomplete,” but one of the smaller moves has been working out wonderfully.
Defenseman Matt Irwin isn’t blowing anyone’s mind, yet he’s been a very nice piece for their defense, and the team rewarded him with a little future certainty by way of a one-year, $650K extension on Friday.
(Granted, that “certainty” could be questioned since the expansion draft creates a lot of questions for anyone outside of a team’s core … but let’s table that for a moment.)
Irwin can provide a decent mixture of solid offense and respectable defense – he’s usually on the right end of possession stats – so this deal could be a subtle bargain … whether it stays in Nashville, or perhaps migrates to Vegas.