Preda­tors avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with Smith

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Nashville Preda­tors have avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with Craig Smith by sign­ing the for­ward to a $21.25 mil­lion, five-year con­tract.

Gen­eral man­ager David Poile an­nounced the deal with the re­stricted free agent on Mon­day.

Poile called Smith an in­te­gral part of the Preda­tors’ young core, and the gen­eral man­ager says they are pleased they were able to come to a long-term agree­ment.

Smith, 25, has scored at least 20 goals in two straight sea­sons. He had five points in six games in Nashville’s first-round play­off loss to Chicago.

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