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Nashville Predators sign defenceman Mattias Ekholm to two-year, $2.075 million contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free-agent defenceman Mattias Ekholm to a two-year, $2.075 million contract.

The Predators announced the signing Wednesday. The contract will pay Ekholm $1.0375 million each of the next two seasons.

Ekholm, 24, had one goal and eight assists in 62 games as a rookie last season. He was one of only six NHL defencemen to play at least 50 games and to be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes.

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He also played one game for the Predators in 2012-13 and appeared in two games with the team in 2011-12.