Nashville Predators sign centre Jerred Smithson to extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed centre Jerred Smithson to a US$1.4-million, two-year contract extension through 2011.

The deal announced Thursday will pay the 29-year-old forward $725,000 in 2009-10 and $750,000 in 2010-11.

Smithson, a free agent signed by Nashville in 2004, has 45 points in 241 games since making his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2002.

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The team also announced that defenceman Ville Koistinen was awarded a one-year, $700,000 deal in arbitration. He was a restricted free agent this summer and filed for arbitration before the July 5 deadline.

The 26-year-old had 17 points in 48 games in his first NHL season with Nashville last year.