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Preds keep spending: four years, $10 million for Nystrom

Jul 5, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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When Preds head coach Barry Trotz said his team was going to have a very busy summer, he wasn’t kidding.

Nashville has made its fourth major signing of the free agency period, agreeing to terms with veteran forward Eric Nystrom on a four-year, $10 million deal.

The contract carries an average annual cap hit of $2.5 million and, combined with the new deals given to Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen and Matt Hendricks, the Preds have now spent over $36 million.

Nystrom, 30, has spent the last two years with the Dallas organization, scoring a career-high 16 goals in 2011-12 and chipping in with seven in 48 games last year.

The former No. 10 overall pick at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft spent time with Calgary and Minnesota prior to playing for the Stars, and has earned a reputation as a gritty, hard-working winger that plays a two-way game.

  1. 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Good fit for the Preds’ system, but seems pretty steep for a third-line guy even with his two-way and physical game taken into consideration.

  2. einjzmolf - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Gonna miss Nystrom in Dallas, great guy. Awesome in the clubhouse, awesome with the fans, and gained some great leadership this past year. Glad he got his paycheck and he’ll be loved in Nashville. Best of luck to him and the Predators.

  3. rosloe62 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Big $pending does not equal winning!

  4. prov1x - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    So many GM’s here.

  5. withseidelinn - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    The predators overspent the most today BY FAR. 1.85 for Matt Hendricks? Yikes….

  6. caniac4ever - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Mark Cullen?

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