Koistinen awarded $700,000
Predators defenseman Ville Koistinen was awarded a one-year contract at $700,000 as part of the NHL’s arbitration process. Koistinen’s arbitration case was heard by an independent arbitrator on Monday (July 28) in Toronto. Koistinen was a restricted free agent this summer and filed for arbitration prior to the July 5 player deadline.Koistinen's not a well-known name, but he's a player on the rise, someone who can help fill the void left by Marek Zidlicky down in Nashville. That he went to arbitration after just 48 NHL games played, however, is a head scratcher.
Koistinen is 26 years old — old for a rookie — as he was never drafted and rose through the Finnish league system up until 2005-06. This is the third one-year deal he has signed in a row with the Predators.
For whatever reason, Nashville was deadly at even strength with Koistinen on the ice last season — although he didn't play big minutes or against top opposition. Still, he showed a lot of potential, picked up power play time and is probably a name fans will know better going forward.