Penguins Avoid Arbitration with Nick Spaling

Published on July 31st, 2014
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Forward Nick Spaling is now officially a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 25 year-old restricted free agent signed a two-year deal worth $4.4 million with Pittsburgh today. With the move, the team avoided arbitration with Spaling, who reportedly was asking for $2.85 million. The Penguins countered with $1.65 million, which means that the two sides met in the middle and Spaling will now make $2.2 million per season, which is a $700,000 raise from last season. Spaling was sent to Pittsburgh along with forward Patric Hornqvist in a trade with Nashville for forward James Neal. He had a great year last season, registering 13 goals and 19 assists for a total of 32 points in 71 games for the Predators. Those were all career-highs. Spaling will most likely play in Pittsburgh’s bottom-six. The Penguins now will focus their attention on restricted free agent Brandon Sutter, who still needs to be signed.

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