Rocco Grimaldi has bounced from the Florida Panthers to the Colorado Avalanche to the Nashville Predators organizations during his five professional seasons.

Although Nashville seemingly had the most difficult lineup to crack, it is the unexpected place where the former UND leading scorer has carved out a home.

Grimaldi will be back with Nashville this season, earning $1 million, a dollar figure determined by an independent arbitrator this week.

According to, it is a one-year, one-way contract that will pay him the same whether he's in the NHL or American Hockey League. It is the first one-way contract of Grimaldi's professional career.

After turning pro in 2014, Grimaldi has bounced between the NHL and AHL in all of his pro seasons. Prior to 2018-19, he had never played more than 20 games in a single NHL regular season.

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But last year, Grimaldi spent 53 games with the playoff-bound Predators. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he led Nashville with three goals in five games.

Grimaldi is the 24th former UND player to be signed to an NHL deal for 2019-20.