Patric Hornqvist re-signs with Preds for five years, $21.25 million

Hornqvist is probably pretty excited over a nice raise. (Getty Images)
Patric Hornqvist is probably pretty excited over a nice raise. (Getty Images)

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The Nashville Predators have already turned their attention to the offseason, so on Tuesday they signed restricted free agent-to-be Patric Hornqvist to a new five-year, $21.25 million extension.

Hornqvist, 26, is coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued season where he only had four goals and 10 assists in 24 games for the Preds. However, in recent years he has been one of their best scoring options. Last season, his 27 goals were tops on the team. With the Preds desperate for offense, they needed to keep Hornqvist around.

"As we build towards the 2013-14 season and beyond, re-signing Patric Hornqvist was an offseason priority," GM David Poile said. "Since joining the Predators, he has become -- and will remain -- an integral member of our core group. Patric is everything we talk about as a Predator -- he is relentless in going to the net and willing to pay the price to score goals, has a terrific work ethic and is a quality person who is respected on and off the ice. Patric is just entering the prime of his career. He has led our team in goal-scoring in two of the last four seasons and we are looking forward to him being a significant part of the Predators' on-ice success in the years to come."

The raise in his salary will bring his annual salary cap hit to $4.25 million, certainly not a backbreaker for a team like Nashville that has plenty of cap space available. Regardless, it's pretty fair for a player who has averaged a goal total in the mid-20s over the past few seasons, the most recent one being an exception.

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