The Nashville Predators and center Colton Sissons agreed to a new seven-year contract worth $20 million according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Sissons will carry a salary hit of $2.86 million.
Sissons was one of 40 players to file for salary arbitration back on July 5. He was supposed to have a hearing on July 26, but like most players, he was able to come to an agreement beforehand with the team.
Sissons was picked 50th overall by the Predators during the 2012 NHL Draft. In five seasons in the league, all with the Predators, Sissons has recorded 77 points (37 goals and 40 assists). His best season for the Predators came in 2018-19 when he tallied a career-high 15 goals and 30 points in 75 games.
Where Sissons made his name was in the playoffs. While last season was a disappointment for him and most of the team, he was vital in the Predators trip to the Stanley Cup Final. In 35 career playoff games, Sissons has 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists). Sissons dominated the 2017 Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. There Sissons would score a hat trick leading the Predators to their first-ever Stanley Cup series.
What Does This Mean
For starters, what stands out most from this signing is not so much the money, which is very team-friendly, but the term. Seven years is long for a player who has the potential of hitting it big on the free-agent market if his production keeps up.