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Predators sign Matt Duchene to seven-year, $56M contract

Posted at 1:51 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 15:03:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Predators have signed free agent forward Matt Duchene to a seven-year, $56 million contract.

Nashville is investing heavily to improve its scoring attack after posting the NHL's worst power play and making a first-round playoff exit this past season.

“Our objective this offseason was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center,” GM David Poile said. “We are excited to add his skill and experience to our top-six forwards and look forward to the next seven years of Matt and his family in Smashville. Matt’s love of country music and passion for the city of Nashville make this partnership a perfect fit.”

The 28-year-old Duchene matched his career high in points last season with 70 in 73 games spent with the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets.