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Nashville Predators ink D Matt Irwin

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San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) and Joe Thornton (19) skate in to celebrate a goal by Matt Irwin (52) against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) and Joe Thornton (19) skate in to celebrate a goal by Matt Irwin (52) against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 17, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt | License Photo

The Nashville Predators took a step toward bolstering their defense on Friday by signing blue-liner Matt Irwin to a one-year, $650,000 contract.

Irwin has collected three goals and five assists in 32 games during his first season with Nashville. The 29-year-old British Columbia native has posted a team-best plus-14 rating, which ranks third among Western Conference defensemen heading into Friday's action.

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Irwin has scored 19 goals and set up 39 others in 187 career contests with the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and Predators.

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