Five memorable Roman Josi moments with the Predators

Paul Skrbina
The Tennessean

The relationship began quietly enough when Roman Josi was picked in the second round, 38th overall, by the Predators in 2008.

The two-time All-Star was their third pick in the draft that year. 

His seven-year, $28 million contract, which expires after the 2019-20 season, proved to be a huge bargain for the Predators. The eight-year, $72-plus million contract he signed Tuesday are sure to provide many memories.

But 11 years since he was drafted have provided plenty, too.

Here's a list of five:

The fight

Josi isn't exactly known as much of a fighter. The soft-spoken 29-year-old from Bern, Switzerland usually lets his play do that talking. His only official NHL fight came against Bruins agitator Brad Marchand in 2015.

But on a Monday afternoon in 2014, during a drill at Predators training camp, Josi and teammate Craig Smith dropped the gloves and exchanged blows. The fight lasted all of 10 seconds before it was broken up, the first five of which most onlookers spent in disbelief.

Both played it off afterward.

The pick

In a way, the Predators acquired Roman Josi for what turned out to be someone named Colby Robak (46th overall) and Mathieu Brodeur (76th overall).

The 38th overall pick originally belonged to the Maple Leafs, who traded it to the Coyotes, who traded it to Nashville, which meant the Panthers got the 46th pick and the Coyotes the 76th. It also opened the door for one of David Poile's biggest draft steals.

The Predators drafted Colin Wilson (seventh overall) and Chet Pickard (18th overall) before taking Josi that year.

The captain

Roman Josi used a sword to announce his captaincy — sort of.

After the Predators traded captain Shea Weber to the Canadiens for P.K. Subban in 2016, they were left without a man to wear the captain's "C" on his sweater. Mike Fisher held the job for a year before retiring, leaving it vacant yet again.

So the Predators turned to Josi, who on Sept. 10, 2017, plunged a Titans sword into the field at Nissan Stadium. A week later, the team officially announced he was the new captain.

“We’re like, ‘All right, 'Jos.' Here you go, buddy.’ Trust me, (the sword) was handed right over to 'Jos,’” Predators center Ryan Johansen said at the time. “He’s our leader. He’s our captain. And he’s going to guide us in the direction to be successful.”

The Cup run

Josi had six goals and eight assists in 22 games during the Predators' run to the Stanley Cup final in 2017. The biggest of his six goals was the game-winner off a rebound against the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.

The score, which came on a power-play with 2:43 left, gave the Predators a 2-1 lead in the game and, eventually the series. 

The pride

Josi's on-ice contributions are well documented. Pekka Rinne called him the team's best player.

But Josi's off-the-ice actions also speak loudly.

He was front and center at the Nashville Pride Parade in June. He's active in the Best Buddies of Tennessee, a non-profit that "creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

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