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February 2, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Nick Spaling (13) shoots the puck on net against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Spaling Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly signed restricted free agent forward Nick Spaling to a two-year, $4.4 million deal, according to the team’s Twitter handle and website.

Spaling will earn $2.2 million annually.

In the midst of a stalemate heading into Thursday, Spaling originally asked for $2.85 annually in arbitration, however, Pittsburgh was only offering a lesser deal of $1.65 million on a one-year award, per Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.

Pittsburgh, as you can see, was able to get Spaling to drop his wishes a little bit below the difference of the two price ranges. Yet, even though the Penguins wound up just giving him $2.2 million annually, it’s still essentially splitting the difference.

Spaling is expected to be on the third-line with fellow restricted free agent center, Brandon Sutter, but because Spaling’s listed as a center as well, he could slot in on Pittsburgh’s fourth-line. However, Marcel Goc is anticipated to be receiving that role.

Acquired with Patric Hornqvist that sent James Neal to Nashville, Spaling, spent the last four-plus seasons with the Predators, and compiled 84 points (40G, 44A) in 297 regular-season tilts.

This past season, Spaling set career-highs in points (32), goals (13), and assists (19).

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