Erat's Contract Voided By NHL

Chris OstranderCorrespondent IMay 12, 2008

After signing right winger Martin Erat to a seven year/$31.5 million contract they will need to try again after the NHL voided the contract. The contract did not fall within stipulations set by the CBA that say a contract cannot go up by more than 100% of the lower salary in the new deal.

Erat was fourth on the team in scoring this season with 23 goals and 34 assists for a total of 57 points. The winger is currently representing the Czech Republic in the World Championships in Halifax.

Erat remains one of the big four free agents the Predators need to resign. The other three are goaltender Dan Ellis and defensmen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.