Predators Extend Contract of Former First-Round Pick for Two Years

The Nashville Predators have extended forward Michael McCarron’s contract for two years at $1.8M, starting in the 2024-25 season, as he becomes a consistent NHL player with a career-high in goals and a significant role in a high-performing line.

On Friday, the Predators made a move. They signed forward Michael McCarron to a fresh two-year deal, worth $1.8M. This extension kicks in for the 2024-25 season, setting the cap hit at $900K.

McCarron, who’s about to hit 29, was eyeing free agency this summer. His current deal, a one-year extension for $775K signed last April, is winding down. With this new agreement, he’s set to hit the UFA market again in 2026, at the age of 31.

His journey hasn’t quite matched the high hopes set when the Canadiens picked him 25th overall back in 2013. This season marks a turning point for McCarron, becoming a full-time NHL player. The only other time he didn’t see AHL action was during the odd, pandemic-affected 2020-21 season. Then, he played six games for Nashville and spent most of his time on the taxi squad.

So far, through 42 games, he’s matched his career-best in goals (7) and is just shy of tying his top points tally (14). Averaging 11:52 on the ice per game, he’s mostly been on a depth line. Alongside Cole Smith and Philip Tomasino, they’ve been making waves. Their expected goals share? A whopping 58.3% according to MoneyPuck. That’s top-notch, the best among Nashville’s lines with over 75 minutes together this season.

If McCarron keeps up this pace, he’ll be more than just a solid fourth-line center for the next couple of years. But, if things slide and he falls back to a replacement-level player, Nashville has an out. His cap hit could be completely absorbed by the AHL.

Over his career, spanning 200 games with Nashville and Montreal, McCarron has racked up 18 goals, 21 assists, and 39 points. His rating sits at -8, with 295 PIMs to his name. On average, he’s clocked 10:38 of ice time per game and has a faceoff win rate of 50.7%.

Quite the journey, huh?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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