In somewhat of an out of the blue announcement this afternoon, the Nashville Predators re-signed Marcel Goc to a one year deal for the 2010-11 season. It is a deserving contract for one of the surprise players this season.
It is a good sign that David Poile is working to tie up a few loose ends for next season early in the year. The $775,000 price tag is somewhat surprising considering that Goc has had his best season this year. I would have expected something in the $1 million range, so it appears that the Preds indeed get a bargain.
Here is the full release from the Preds...
PREDATORS SIGN FORWARD MARCEL GOC TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
Nashville, Tenn. (January 27, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Marcel Goc (MAHR-sehl GAWCH) to a one-year contract worth $775,000.
Goc, 26 (8/24/83), has already set a career high in goals (10) in 49 games this season, and is just three points shy (10g-9a) of a personal-best in points attained during his rookie season of 2005-06 (8g-14a). The 6-1, 202-pound center paces the Predators in face-off winning percentage (51.5 percent) while playing 14:08 per game, and has produced 16 points (8g-8a) in his last 25 outings after starting the season with three points (2g-1a) in his first 24 contests of 2009-10. Named to his third straight German Olympic Team on Dec. 30, Goc is the highest German ever selected in the NHL Draft (20th overall in 2001 by San Jose).
The Calw native has played 314 career games with Nashville and San Jose since 2005-06, posting 73 points (29g-44a) and 84 penalty minutes. Goc has also seen action in 37 playoff games (3g-5a-8pts), and made his NHL debut during the 2004 postseason.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass