Have the Ads replaced Mike Moore? Preds sign Bryan Rodney

Bryan Rodney (Jennifer Bock)

The Milwaukee Admirals lost captain Mike Moore to the Providence Bruins this summer. But they may have found his replacement.

As first reported by Tyler Doig, defenseman Bryan Rodney has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators. The 29-year old Toronto, Ontario, native’s contract is worth $120,000 while with the Admirals and $550,000 while with Nashville.

Blue chip prospects Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm are expected to be in Music City this season but one of them will be on the outside looking in with the defense corps the way it is. As a result, Rodney seems destined for the AHL. If Nashville decides to move a defenseman or has a rash of injuries like last year, however, Rodney could see his first NHL action since April 2, 2012.

He’s played 34 career NHL games (33 for the Carolina Hurricanes and one for the Edmonton Oilers) during his eight-year pro career. When he pulls on that Admirals/Predators sweater on opening night, it will be his eighth different jersey since 2010.

Rodney was teammates with Preds tough guy Rich Clune on the Manchester Monarchs last year.

The official press release is below.

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Nashville, Tenn. (July 29, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Bryan Rodney to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $120,000 at the AHL level.

Rodney, 29 (4/22/84), spent the 2012-13 season with the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, notching 15 points (4g-11a)  in 44 games. In 2010-11, he served as captain of the Charlotte Checkers (AHL), being named to his second consecutive AHL All-Star Classic, and finishing among the league’s Top 10 defensemen in assists and points (9g-38a-47pts). Since turning pro in 2005-06, the 6-4, 204-pound blueliner has 13 points (1g-12a) in 34 NHL contests with Edmonton and Carolina, and 181 points (34g-147a) in 350 AHL games with Hartford, Albany, Charlotte, Syracuse, Oklahoma City and Manchester.

The London, Ont., native played five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-05, amassing 234 points (47g-187a) with Ottawa, Kingston and London. He led all OHL blueliners in points in 2003-04 (11g-65a-76pts), and assists in both 2002-03 (52) and 2003-04 (65).

PHOTO CREDIT: Jennifer Bock // Flickr (permission pending)