Predators sign Craig Smith to 5-year deal

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Predators have signed forward Craig Smith to a 5-year contract worth $21.25 million.

Smith hit the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season in 2014-15 (23), tying for second on the team in both goals (23) and power-play goals (6).

He also set a career high in game-winning goals (4). During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Smith tied for second on the team in points (2g-3a).

Two seasons ago, the right wing led the Predators in goals (24), and ranked third on the team in points (52), setting career highs in both categories.

“As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Craig Smith is an integral part of our team’s young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” General Manager David Poile said in a statement Monday. “With Craig’s durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons.”

Smith was selected by the Predators in the fourth round (98th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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