Spaling deal solidifies Predators' lineup for the coming season

Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 11:31am

The Nashville Predators announced Thursday that they signed center Nick Spaling to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal ended the last remaining piece of significant offseason business for the club. He was one of three restricted free agents whose services the team sought to retain. The other two, forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Roman Josi, agreed to long-term deals.

All of the players projected to be on the NHL roster or in competition for a roster spot now have contracts for the coming season.

Nashville retained the rights to Spaling, a second-round draft pick in 2007, when it made him the necessary qualifying offer by the July 2 deadline. The four-year veteran declined to sign that offer, though, and the sides spent several weeks in negotiations.

The 24-year-old set career-highs with 10 goals and 12 assists in 2011-12, when he appeared in 77 games. He scored nine goals in 47 appearances during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.

He earned $1.1 million last season in the second year of a two-year, $2.1 million pact.