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Breaking: Preds sign three blue liners

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The Nashville Predators announced today that they’ve signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a two year extension.

The 29-year-old Weber has played nearly 100 games for the Preds since 2016 and has a goal and three points in 25 games with the team this season. His new contract will keep him in Nashville through the 2019-20 season and will reportedly pay him $650,000 and $700,000 annually.

The Swiss native has played 372 career NHL games split between the Preds, the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks. He has represented his home country on the world stage at the 2010 Winter Olympics, 2014 Winter Olympics, three World Championships, three World Junior Championships and two Under-18 World Championships… in almost each of these occasions, he was the defensive partner of current Preds captain Roman Josi.

In other related news, the team also announced that it has re-signed fellow defensemen Matt Irwin and Anthony Betitto. Irwin was re-upped for two years on a deal identical to Weber’s, whereas Bitetto was inked to a one-year deal.

Irwin, a 30-year-old native of Victoria, BC, has played 31 games with the Preds this season, putting up two goals and seven points. Last season he played a career high 74 games and put up an impressive +15 plus/minus rating. He was as rock for the team down the stretch and into the playoffs last season, playing 22 playoff games en route to the Preds’ run to the Stanley Cup Final.

As for Betitto, the 27-year-old has been a surprisingly solid addition to the team’s lineup this season, skating an average of 13:43 per game. He’s played in 86 games over four season for the Preds, putting up 16 career points.