Jul 25, 2014
Last season, Simon Moser got his first taste of life in the NHL. Next season, though, it may come with a different team.
After speaking with his agent, Georges Müller, they made it clear that Moser is going to need a bit of a raise to stay with the team that signed the Swiss forward to his first NHL contract last season.
“We are in talks with other clubs. A return to Nashville is only an option if the Predators are willing to increase the AHL salary,” said Müller.
Last year, Moser was something of a darkhorse in training camp to make the roster, yet he passed every cut and collected a one-year, two-way contract with the Predators that paid him $70,000 at the AHL level and $570,000 at the NHL level.
In his six games with Nashville last season, he registered his first career goal against the Winnipeg Jets on March 1st and his first career assist against the Anaheim Ducks on February 8th. However, in only 48 games with the Admirals last season, he put up 28 points. Only Filip Forsberg put up more numbers in nearly the same amount of games played. Internationally, Moser notched one goal for the Swiss in this year’s 22nd Winter Olympic Games and two assists in this year’s World Championships, playing alongside Predators defenseman Roman Josi for both.
$70,000 is a very normal AHL salary, especially in the Predators organization. Currently, players like Forsberg, Brendan Leipsic, Miikka Salomaki, newly drafted Kevin Fiala, Johan Alm, Magnus Hellberg, and Pontus Aberg are all scheduled to earn $70,000 in the AHL next season (per CapGeek). The only player, whose contract numbers are readily available, who is set to earn more than that is Joe Piskula. Piskula saw a pay bump of $30,000 last season to $135,000 overall. This year he’ll make $150,000, the most among any of Nashville’s prospects in Milwaukee.
Under current NHL guidelines though, Moser is classified as a restricted free agent. This means that he can sign an offer sheet with any other club in the league, giving Nashville seven days to match it. With Moser most likely making under the $1.1 million break point next year with any team in the NHL, there wouldn’t be any type of draft pick compensation for the Predators.
Moser only has one season under his belt in Milwaukee, with a taste of NHL-level play with Nashville. He has the potential to be a very good forward in the organization, perhaps mid-six or so at best in the NHL. I’m not sure if this is the best time for the Swiss forward to want a pay increase, however he came to training camp with the Predators and earned a contract last year. What’s to say he can’t garner the same from another team?
If not another team in the NHL, then perhaps he heads back to the Swiss league? He could make almost five times there what he makes now in the AHL, as he still has a valid contract with SC Bern:
@ThePredatorial Moser would earn estimated 350000 in the Swiss league. He loses a lot of money playing in the AHL for 70000.
— Eishockey Schweiz (@AllesHockey) July 25, 2014
He’s shown Nashville and the rest of the league he has what it takes to play the game, he’s represented his country at the Olympics this year and has represented them at the past four World Championships as well. If I’m Nashville, I give Moser another one-year, two-way contract with higher pay at the AHL level. Unless Peter Laviolette doesn’t think he’ll factor him into his plans with the lineup. Then it will be fare thee well to the Swiss forward.
Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua