A new page of history in the career of Roman Josi

Defenseman Roman Josi became the Nashville Predators’ all-time leading scorer on Wednesday, which speaks volumes about how great his game has been over the years.

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The club captain had a goal and an assist in the 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, bringing his career total to 567. At the same time, he overtook former striker David Legwand, who had accumulated 566 in 956 clashes. For the one with 147 nets in 791 regular season outings, the feat could not have become a reality without the contribution of many people.

“It really is a huge honour. Just having played here for so long is something I never dreamed of when I started in the National League,” he told NHL.com. A lot of people have had a lot of faith in me and I’m very grateful to them: teammates who have been there for an extended period of time, staff members, everyone.

Head instructor John Hynes certainly had good words to say about the 2019-20 Norris Trophy winner.

“This is a great feat of arms for Roman, he assessed. The franchise has bet on so many good players. All of this speaks volumes, not just of his talent, but of his longevity and significance in this organization. Having had the opportunity to manage him and work with him on a daily basis, I would say that it is not surprising, because he is a talented guy who remains motivated and committed.

“His level of consistency is surely exceptional. You aren’t often recognized for these qualities, and you don’t do all of this unless you’re a gifted, do-it-all player. That’s what he represents. »

A Lifetime Predator?

Josi holds a valid contract until the end of the 2027-2028 campaign and he is on track to play his entire career in Tennessee. The one whose remuneration accounts for more than $ 9 million annually on the mass of the Predators began his journey in Nashville in 2011 and lived some of the highlights of the concession, including participation in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

The 32-year-old skater is one of two guards dominating a league team in lifetime total points; the other is Raymond Bourque (Boston Bruins). This season he has 25 in 31 outings, after scoring 96 points in 2021-22.

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