While the contract Simon Moser signed with the Nashville Predators Sunday has yet to be formally announced by the team, some details have emerged about the deal.
Sunday afternoon, his agent tweeted that a deal had been signed, and Sunday night, Renaud Lavoie tweeted that it was a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level; basically the league minimum. Lavoie did not list the AHL part of the contract, but it is likely in the $100,000 range. All NHL entry-level contracts are of the two-way variety.
** UPDATE 9:15 a.m. ** The Predators have announced Moser's signing. The release indicates that Moser's AHL salary is $70,000.
Moser is under a two-year contract with Bern of the Swiss League A as well, but that contract allows him to get out of it should he land an NHL agreement.
But Bern issued a press release early Monday stating that Moser’s deal with the Predators is provisional until December 15th, at which time he can return to Bern. It seems likely that should Moser be with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL at that time, he would return to Switzerland.
Moser attended Nashville’s camp on a Professional Tryout Agreement, and he performed well in camp and in the preseason games in which he played. A contract such as this with an out clause of sorts basically means that Moser is on an extended tryout here in North America.
With the Predators still having excess numbers at forward, the time between now and December 15 will give the organization an extended look at Moser’s acclimation to the North American style of hockey, plus take into account and injuries or ineffectiveness Nashville’s current crop of forwards experience in the 2013-14 season’s first few months.