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Predators Agree to Terms with Five

Monday, Aug. 15th, 2005

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forwards Simon Gamache (see-MOHN ga-MAHSH), Darren Haydar (HAY-dahr), Darcy Hordichuk (HOHR-dih-chuhk) and David Legwand (LEHG-wahnd) and defenseman Greg Zanon (ZA-nuhn).

Legwand, 24 (8/17/80), tied for second on the Predators with a career-high 18 goals in 2003-04, and finished fourth on the club with 47 points (18g-29a). The Detroit native appeared in all 82 regular-season games for the Predators, and he also saw action in all six games of the team’s inaugural NHL playoff series (2004 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit). The 6-2, 190-pound center led the 2003-04 Predators with five game-winning goals, ranked second on the team in shots (165) and ranked third in plus-minus rating (+9).

The Predators’ first draft choice (No. 2 overall in 1998), Legwand ranks among franchise leaders in games played (fourth with 362), goals (fourth with 72), assists (fifth with 122) and points (fifth with 194). In 2004-05, he notched eight points (6g-2a) in three regular-season games with EHC Basel (Swiss-2) before helping the club win its league championship with 39 points (16g-23a) in 19 post-season games.

Hordichuk, 25 (8/10/80), was acquired by Nashville from Florida for a fourth-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Matt Duffy) on July 27, 2005. The 6-1, 215-pound Kamsack, Sask. native posted a team-leading 158 penalty minutes for Florida in 2003-04, ranking 13th overall in the NHL. The left winger also notched career-highs in games played (57), goals (3) and points (3g-1a-4pts) in his fourth NHL season. Hordichuk has recorded 434 penalty minutes in 130 career NHL games with Atlanta, Phoenix and Florida. He did not play in 2004-05.

Gamache, 24 (1/3/81), was named a First Team AHL All-Star in 2004-05 after leading the Milwaukee Admirals and ranking fifth in the AHL in scoring (29g-57a-86pts). The 5-10, 180-pound Thetford Mines, Que. native also led the Admirals in goals, assists and power-play goals (16) and tied for first with six game-winning goals. Gamache, who was acquired by Nashville from Atlanta with Kirill Safronov for Ben Simon and Tomas Kloucek on Dec. 2, 2001, appeared in seven games with the Predators in 2003-04 and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 8, 2004 vs. Colorado.

Haydar, 25 (10/22/79), finished second on the Milwaukee Admirals in goals (24) and third in points (24g-26a-50pts) in 2004-05. The 5-9, 166-pound right winger also tallied seven points (3g-4a) in seven playoff games for the Ads. In 2003-04, the Toronto native led the American Hockey League in playoff goals (11) and playoff points (11g-15a-26pts) as he helped the Admirals capture their first Calder Cup Championship. Now entering his fourth pro season, Haydar tied for Milwaukee’s team lead in scoring in 2003-04 (22g-37a-59pts) and led the team in 2002-03 (29g-46a-75pts) when he was honored with the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie.

Zanon, 25 (6/5/80), was one of three Admirals to play in all 80 games in 2004-05. The Burnaby, B.C. native, who was also a member of Milwaukee’s 2004 Calder Cup team (with Gamache and Haydar), led the AHL with a +10 rating in the 2004 playoffs and led AHL rookies with a +30 mark in 2003-04. The 5-11, 211-pound backliner was signed as a free agent by Nashville on July 9, 2004.

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