NASHVILLE – The Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League announced that they have extended a qualifying offer to center Vernon Fiddler, who began his professional career in the ECHL.
Fiddler was selected to the ECHL All-Star Game and to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2001-02 after scoring 55 points (27g-28a) in 44 games with Roanoke of the ECHL. 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, signing with Arkansas of the ECHL after completing his junior career in the Western Hockey League. He had one 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.