Marek Mazanec has signed a one-year deal with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL, after an interesting offseason. Despite reports that the Nashville Predators would move on from the goaltender, they issued him a qualifying offer and he filed for salary arbitration. Before the hearing, the Predators placed Mazanec on waivers as a negotiating tactic and saw him settle for a two-way $650K contract.
That contract will be mutually terminated according to the Slovan press release, a topic we looked at in detail recently. Mazanec will forfeit the salary in order to go play in the KHL where he’ll have much more opportunity. The Predators signed both Matt O’Connor and Anders Lindback this offseason to compete in the minors, while Juuse Saros is expected to move up and be the full-time back up to Pekka Rinne.
Mazanec played in just four games for the Predators last season and was overmatched, recording an .839 save percentage. While he’d shown more potential in the past, the team was clearly ready to move in a different direction.