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Free agent invite Simon Moser signs 1-year, 2-way deal with Preds
- Updated: September 30, 2013
In a blue collar city such as Nashville, fans love rooting for the underdog. And, in an NHL club’s training camp, is there more of an underdog than a free agent invite who’s only there thanks to a tryout agreement?
Just before yesterday’s Meet the Team Party, Moser was seen heading into General Manager David Poile’s office. A few hours later, news broke that Moser has inked his new deal.
An interesting caveat to the deal is that Moser can exercise a release clause as early as December 15, according to his National League A team SC Bern. That clause apparently states that, if he’s still at the AHL level, Moser can return to Switzerland.
We’ll have more on this story — including quotes from Moser himself — in the morning.
UPDATE (9:10am): The team has made it official. The press release is below.
Nashville, Tenn. (September 30, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Simon Moser to a one-year entry-level contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. Moser attended Predators training camp under a professional tryout agreement.
Moser, 24 (3/10/89), has spent the last five full seasons with Langnau of the Swiss Elite League, posting 110 points (56g-54a) and 179 penalty minutes in 232 games since making his league debut during the 2007-08 season. In 2012-13, the 6-1, 214-pound winger posted 21 points (10g-11a) in 35 games while serving as team captain, and in 2011-12, tied for 12th in Swiss League goals (18).
A native of Bern, Switzerland (the same hometown as Roman Josi), Moser has represented his nation in the past three world championships, posting five points (3g-2a) in 10 games in their silver medal performance of 2013, the highest finish by the Swiss since 1935. He also helped Switzerland to a gold medal at the 2009 Division I World Junior Championships, and played in the 2007 Under-18 World Championships.
PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)