The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward, Brandon Yip to a one year (one-way) deal worth $750,000. Brandon Yip takes a pay raise of $25,000 this coming season. Yip was prepared to go to the free agent market July 1 as a unrestricted free agent. Instead, he will be staying a Predators for a little bit longer.
Brandon Yip is a good role player on the team and plays “Predator hockey”. Also, Yip has a fourth line duty that he plays well in. Barry Trotz is a big fan of Yip’s play and he probably tried hard to get David Poile to re-sign him.
A good signing by Poile to keep Yip on the Nashville roster for next season. Although, unfortunately, this signing pretty much means the end of Jordin Tootoo with the Nashville Predators. It sucks, but this is business. The fan favorite isn’t always the best option in winning the Stanley Cup.
Devin Setoguchi (japanese) Minnesota Wild – came one goal short of his 4th consecutive 20 goal season. Finished the season with 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points. Did convert on 3 shootout goals which led to 3 Wild victories. Missed 13 games in the season due to an injury against his former team, San Jose Sharks.
Richard Park (korean) Pittsburgh Penguins – came back to the NHL after playing the 2010-2011 season overseas. Played in 54 and scored 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points.
Brandon Yip (chinese) Nashville Predators – was traded during the season from Colorado Avalanche to Nashville Predators. Was used primarily on the checking line and scored 3 goals with 4 assist (7 points) in 35 games.
The morning before Nashville’s 4-2 win over Colorado, Brandon Yip said how he departed Colorado earlier this season left a “salty taste” in his mouth. The Avalanche put Yip on waivers in January, and the Predators claimed him. After being scratched the previous three games, Yip scored a goal Thursday, tipping Roman Josi’s slapshot into the net with 13:02 left in the first period.
“Any time a team lets you go or trades you there’s a little salt in your mouth after that, and it was a big win for the team and me as well,” Yip said. “It’s definitely nice to get a goal there and contribute and help the team, and it was a big goal for us and gave us a lead there.”
The official scorer gave the goal at first to Yip, and then gave it to Josi. It was eventually given back to Yip. “Either way, it was a big goal. I was happy either way,” Yip joked.
Brandon Yip hasn’t had a lot of time to check out Nashville yet. The Predators claimed Yip off waivers Thursday from Colorado. He got dinner with former Boston University teammate on Friday at Bricktops. Tomorrow he and Wilson will cruise the city. For now, it’s all about today’s game against the Blackhawks.
“I don’t know too much about (their rivalry) from not being from here,” Yip said. “I do know they’re a rival and every game is a pretty tight game with these guys. It’s a little bit of hatred there.”
With Yip entering the lineup, the Predators will likely have to sit a forward. Coach Barry Trotz wouldn’t say which forward. In one day of practice, Trotz has seen enough of Yip to know the Predators got the type of player they expected.
“He’s a bigger body, he can skate really well, he has a pretty good release,” Trotz said. “We’ll see if his two-way game fits in.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have claimed forward Brandon Yip off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche and activated forward Jerred Smithson off injured reserve.
The 26-year-old Yip has 41 points in 113 career NHL games and all with Colorado as an eighth-round draft pick in 2004. The Vancouver, B.C., native has played only 10 games this season with no points due to an arm and groin injuries, and his contract is worth $750,000.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound right wing played in college at Boston University and won the 2009 national championship. Predators forward Colin Wilson was a teammate of Yip’s in Boston.
Brandon Yip has been placed on waivers. After a promising rookie season in which he scored 19 points (11g, 8a) in 32 games, Yip has struggled to provide reliable, solid offense for the Avs ever since. He had a disappointing season last year, only hitting the back of the net 12 times and helping out on 10 others over 71 games. For those who are bad at math, that’s only 3 more points in over twice as many games.
This year has not fared any better for the forward. He has been a healthy scratch in all but 10 games this season, and he has scored no goals and had no assists. The Avalanche are certainly hoping Yip will clear waivers and spend time in Lake Erie, perhaps gaining confidence and finding his scoring touch again. It’s not unreasonable to think another team may pick him up, especially since he only has a cap hit of $725,000 and is a UFA at the end of this season.
Brandon Yip (forearm) played in his first game this season last Thursday night in Minnesota.
Yip has been sidelined since suffering a broken forearm during training camp. He registered 12 goals and 22 points in 71 games with Colorado last season