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Predators’ Mazanec signs one-year deal in KHL


during the first period of a game at Honda Center on October 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

Sean M. Haffey

It has been a busy day for KHL -- and potential KHL -- transactions. The latest player making the jump overseas is Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec who has signed a one-year deal with Slovan Bratislava, a Czech-based team that plays in the KHL.

The team announced the signing on Monday.

It has been a strange offseason for Mazanec as he signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Predators, avoiding arbitration back in early July. A restricted free agent at the start of the summer, they had to qualify him to meet requirements for the expansion draft.

A sixth-round pick by the Predators in 2012, Mazanec has appeared in 31 games for the team in his career -- including four this past season -- but has spent most of his professional career playing in the American Hockey League for the Milwaukee Admirals. It became pretty clear this past season that Juuse Sarros has passed Mazanec on the Predators’ goaltending depth chart and is not only Pekka Rinne’s primary backup, but also seems to be the future of the position in Nashville.

The Predators also have Anders Lindback and Matt O’Connor on their goaltending depth chart.