The Predators have re-signed defenseman Victor Bartley to a three-year, $2 million contract. It is a one-way deal. He will be paid $600,000 in both 2013-14 and 2014-15, and $800,000 in 2015-16 according to the team.

Last season, Bartley played 24 games for Nashville and notched seven assists. He was a plus-2 and averaged 19:33 of ice-time per-game. It was Bartley’s rookie year in the NHL.

Bartley, 25, was one of the few bright spots for the Predators last season, though the one-way nature of the contract makes it somewhat of a risk for Nashville.

Bartley never looked out of place, playing with Kevin Klein on the Predators second defense pair and actually jumped Jonathon Blum and Ryan Ellis on the defenseman depth chart to move into Nashville’s top-four. Bartley started the year in Milwaukee, while the other two began the year in Nashville. Blum finished the season on the third defense pair and Ellis was sent to Milwaukee, which was where he finished the season.

The 6-foot, 212-pound Bartley is well-liked and respected by the coaches and his peers for his, attitude, work ethic and persistence in making it to the NHL. Undrafted, he had spent several years toiling in the AHL, ECHL and the Allsvenskan in Sweden before making his debut March 8 against Edmonton.