According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Nashville Predators and forward Nick Spaling have avoided arbitration. The 24-year-old restricted free agent has been re-signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
If no other moves are made this off-season, competition will be fierce for the last remaining opening night roster spot(s). As of today, the Predators will enter training camp with 12 forwards under one-way contracts for the 2013-14 season – and that doesn’t include Taylor Beck, Rich Clune, Filip Forsberg or Austin Watson.
It will be interesting to see whether Spaling will be guaranteed a spot in the lineup every night. He is valuable on the penalty kill but the Predators have beefed up their depth up front this summer with four new forwards. Spaling is also coming off somewhat of a disappointing season in which he had 13 points in 47 games, with most of his production coming late in the season when the team was out of playoff contention.
Look for Spaling to be one of many Predators forwards to have something to prove in September before the season starts in October.