NHL rejects Erat's new contract with Predators Staff

5/14/2008 2:18:37 PM

Martin Erat's new seven-year, $31.5 contract with the Nashville Predators has been rejected by the NHL.

Erat's contract was rejected because it did not conform to the Collective Barganing Agreement.

Erat, 26, scored a career high 26 goals this past season and tied a personal best with 57 points. The Predators selected Erat
with the 191st overall pick in the 1999 Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-0, 195-pound left winger is currently representing the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Championships in Halifax and Quebec City.