The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a 5-year extension according to TSN.ca. The deal is said to be worth $21.25 million over the five years that will see him receive an annual salary of $5.25 million.
Originally drafted by Nashville in the 7th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Hornvist has spent the past five season being a constant point producer for the Predators. In 287 career games (all with Nashville) the 26-year old has scored 84 goals and added 79 assists, good for 163 points.
This past season in the lockout shortened year the Sweden native scored just 4 goals and added 10 assists in 24 games that was cut short due to injury.
The Predators appear to be heading down the re-building road and locking up Hornqvist as a main component to build around will be essential to the Preds success. The club already has captain Shea Weber signed to what feels like a lifetime contract but rumors lately have surfaced that the Predators could make him available this summer via trade. It was surely be one of the biggest trades in recent memory but would allow Nashville the ability to get creative with the funds designated to Weber.
The Hornqvist signing could be a lead-in to the Weber deal, allocating additional dollars to keep the Swedish star in Nashville for the next five seasons.