Predators sign Parent for two years; four others still unsigned

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 4:43pm

Defenseman Ryan Parent, reacquired by the Nashville Predators shortly before the NHL draft in June, agreed to a two-year NHL contract with the team Monday.

Parent, originally drafted bv Nashville in the first round (18th overall) will earn $850,000 in 2010-11 and $1 million the following season.

The Predators secured the 25-year-old’s rights for the coming season when they made him a qualifying offer in advance of the league’s deadline.

With Parent’s deal completed, four who were extended qualifying offers remain unsigned. Those four are forward Patric Hornqvist, defenseman Cody Franson, center Mike Santorelli and goalie Mark Dekanich.

Nashville traded defenseman Dan Hamhuis to Philadelphia in exchange for Parent. Philadelphia later traded Hamhuis to Pittsburgh, but Hamhuis ultimately signed a free agent deal with Vancouver.

The Predators traded Parent to Philadelphia in Feb. 2007 as part of a package of players and picks to acquire center Peter Forsberg. Parent made his NHL debut for the Flyers shortly thereafter and played another 101 games for them over parts of the last three seasons.

 A smooth skating blue-liner, he has one goal, six assists and 36 penalty minutes in the NHL.