Predators restricted free agent defenseman Stefan Elliott has signed a one year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL, the Russian team announced (link in Russian). Elliott joined Nashville midway through last season as part of a three way trade also involving Arizona and Montreal.
Between the Coyotes and Predators, Elliott played in 21 NHL games last season, picking up two goals and four assists while logging an average of 14:10 per game. He also suited up in 35 AHL games for Nashville’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee, where he added eight goals and 11 assists.
Prior to last year, Elliott had spent parts of four seasons in the NHL with Colorado, who drafted him in the second round (49th overall) back in 2009. For his career, he has eight goals and 16 assists in 84 NHL contests.
Having issued Elliott a qualifying offer back in June, Nashville will retain Elliott’s NHL rights throughout the season. He will once again be a restricted free agent next summer.
There are now just ten remaining restricted free agents, seven full-time NHL players plus a trio of minor league players.