Nystrom has identified three separate injuries while he played with the Predators from 2013 to 2016, according to the lawsuit file through an attorney Wednesday. The injuries were hurting his hip and leg on Sept. 3, 2013; suffering a concussion on Nov. 15, 2013; and injuring his back on Jan. 12, 2014.
Each injury left him “temporarily and totally disabled for a period of time” and he also now has “a permanent partial disability,” the lawsuit states.
In a text message to the Tennessean after the lawsuit was filed, Nystrom said he was “just pursuing my rights under the (Tennessee Workers’ Compensation) Law.”
“It’s as simple as that,” he added.
The Predators declined to address the lawsuit. In a statement to the newspaper, the Predators said, “The team doesn’t comment on pending claims.”
Nystrom, 34, signed a four-year, $10-million contract with the Predators in July 2013. He played 185 games for the Predators before they bought out the final year of his contract in June 2016. He hasn’t played in the NHL since.