Predators sign five

The Nashville Predators, parent club of the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, on Monday announced that they have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Brandon Segal, while also signing center Shane Endicott, goaltender Karl Goehring, forward Pat Leahy and defenseman Nolan Yonkman.

Segal, 23, posted career highs last season in goals (18), assists (15), points (33) and penalty minutes (126) in 79 games with the Western Conference champion Admirals. Originally a fourth-round draft choice by the Predators in 2002, Segal has recorded 36 goals, 33 assists and 223 PIM in 182 career AHL games, all for Milwaukee, and won a Calder Cup championship with the Admirals in 2004.

Endicott, 24, picked up one goal and one assist in 41 NHL games with Pittsburgh last season, adding two assists in eight AHL contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. A second-round draft pick by the Penguins in 2000, Endicott spent five seasons in the Pens organization, and totaled 73 goals and 93 assists for 166 points in 292 AHL games with Wilkes-Barre.

Goehring, 27, appeared in 23 games for the San Antonio Rampage in 2005-06, posting a 4-16-1 record with a 3.12 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. An NCAA champion at North Dakota in 2000 and an AHL All-Star in 2003, Goehring has a career mark of 67-79-14 with 10 shutouts in 174 AHL outings for San Antonio and Syracuse over the past five seasons.

Leahy, 27, recorded four goals and four assists in 43 NHL games with Boston in 2005-06, as well as one goal and two assists in four AHL contests with Providence. A fifth-round selection by the N.Y. Rangers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Leahy has registered 40 goals and 60 assists for 100 points in 195 career AHL games with Providence, Bridgeport, Portland and Hershey since 2001-02, his rookie season out of Miami University.

Yonkman, 25, has spent five injury-riddled seasons in the Washington organization after being selected by the Capitals in the second round of the 1999 Entry Draft. The 6-foot-6, 236-pound blueliner notched seven assists and 86 penalty minutes in 38 games for the Capitals this past season, and also appeared in six AHL games for Hershey. For his career, the Punnichy, Sask., native has eight points (1g, 7a) and 90 PIM in 50 NHL games, along with five goals, 10 assists and 250 PIM in 125 AHL contests.