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Gaustad signs four-year deal with Preds

Saturday, 06.30.2012 / 8:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

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Gaustad signs four-year deal with Preds


It appears as though Paul Gaustad won't be testing the market Sunday.

Paul Gaustad
Paul Gaustad
Center - NSH
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 21
SOG: 75 | +/-: -1
Joshua Cooper of The Tennessean reported via Twitter on Saturday night that the hulking center has agreed to a four-year, $13 million deal to stay with the Nashville Predators. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound pivot was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.

Gaustad, 30, had no goals and four assists in 14 regular-season games for the Predators and went 1-1-2 in 10 playoff contests.

Nashville general manager David Poile still has plenty of work to do. Ryan Suter is set to become the top defenseman on the market Sunday, while captain Shea Weber will be a restricted free agent.

The Predators made the signing official via their Twitter account on Saturday night.

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