Jackman jumps to Predators

Fruitvale's Barret Jackman agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Nashville Predators.

It didn’t take long for Barret Jackman to find a new home in the NHL.

With free agency kicking off on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Fruitvale native agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Nashville Predators.

Jackman had played his entire career with the St. Louis Blues since reaching the NHL in 2001-02 when he won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year. He was the 17th pick in the 1999 NHL Draft.

He has 28 goals and 153 assists in 803 career games.

Jackman has missed just eight games over the last four seasons. He has been an alternate captain for St. Louis each of the last nine seasons.

Jackman, who played junior hockey with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, joins fellow Kootenay International Junior Hockey League alum Shea Webber on the Predators roster.

Webber, the Predators’ captain, played with the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL.

The two players were also teammates when Canada won the 2007 World Hockey Championship.