The Nashville Predators have re-signed winger Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million contract.  

Patric Hornqvist has $21.25 million reasons to smile.

Patric Hornqvist has 21.25 million reasons to smile.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The average annual salary is $4.25 million per season, which is a nice little raise over the $3.25 million he earned this season. Though hampered by injury this season, Hornqvist over the previous three seasons was one of the Preds more consistent scoring forward, averaging 20-or-more goals and 43-or-more points in each of those seasons, including a career-best 30 goals and 51 points in 2009-10. Considering the Predators pop-gun offense, it’s not surprising they locked up one of their few notable scorers to a long-term extension.