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Preds re-up with Joe Piskula

The Nashville Predators have re-signed minor league defenseman Joe Piskula.

Piskula, 28, came over from the Calgary Flames in the Brian McGrattan trade last season. Once with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Antigo, Michigan, native tallied four points in 23 games.

The official press release is below.



Nashville, Tenn. (June 17, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $135,000 at the AHL level.

Piskula, 28 (7/5/84), was acquired by the Predators from Calgary on Feb. 28, 2013, and split last season between Abbotsford and Milwaukee (AHL), posting 10 points (2g-8a) and 51 penalty minutes in 46 games for the Heat and four points (1g-3a) and 15 penalty minutes in 23 games for the Admirals. The Antigo, Wis., native has 10 career NHL games to his credit – five with Calgary in 2011-12 and five with Los Angeles in 2006-07. The 6-3, 214-pound blueliner has also played 393 AHL games in six seasons at the level, amassing 74 points (9g-65a) and 335 penalty minutes.

Piskula played 112 games during a three-year career at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-07, posting 22 points (3g-19a) and 80 penalty minutes. In 2006, he helped the Badgers claim the NCAA title.