Predators want spending to lead back to playoffs

Cullen returns as Predators send Stalberg to Milwaukee, place Clune on waivers (Image 1)
Cullen returns as Predators send Stalberg to Milwaukee, place Clune on waivers (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Making the playoffs has become so automatic for the Nashville Predators that they didn't react well to finishing below .500 for the first time in a decade.

They went shopping in a big way hoping to make sure that doesn't happen again.

The Predators opened free agency signing 5 of the seven players they added on the first day. Right wing Viktor Stalberg from Stanley Cup champ Chicago is the key addition, and they also added Eric Nystrom, and Matt Hendricks and center Matt Cullen, who helped Carolina win the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Captain Shea Weber says that shows Nashville's commitment addressing the team's needs.

Nashville will be looking for its eighth playoff berth in a decade this season.

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