NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Vernon Fiddler, who was selected to the ECHL All-Star Game and the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2001-02.
Fiddler had 55 points (27g-28a) in 44 games with Roanoke of the ECHL in his first full professional season in 2001-02, earning him selection to the All-Star Game and the All-Rookie Team. He also played in the American Hockey League with Norfolk where he had 13 points (8g-5a) in 38 regular season games and four points (1g-3a) in four playoff games.
He began his professional career in 2000-01 when he signed with Arkansas of the ECHL, after completing his junior career in the Western Hockey League, and had an assist in three regular season games and three goals in five Kelly Cup Playoff games for the RiverBlades.
For the second season in a row, the 27 year old established NHL career highs in 2006-07 with 11 goals, 15 assists, 26 points and 72 games eclipsing his bests of eight goals, four assists, 12 points and 40 games set in 2005-06. He appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time and scored his first postseason NHL goal and a career-high two points while appearing in a career-best five games.
Originally signed as a free agent by Nashville on May 6, 2002, Fiddler has 44 points (23g-21a) and 119 penalty minutes in 148 regular season games and three points (1g-2a) and four penalty minutes in seven games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.