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Preds stay busy, sign Smith to two-year extension

Saturday, 09.15.2012 / 5:14 PM / News

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators signed forward Craig Smith to a two-year contract extension worth $2 million per season, the club announced Saturday.

Smith had 14 goals and 36 points in 72 games as a rookie for the Predators last season. He was a fourth-round pick by the Predators in 2009 and spent two seasons at the University of Wisconsin before joining Nashville.

He would have been a restricted free agent after the 2012-13 season, so this deal runs through the 2014-15 campaign. Smith was Nashville's second signing of the day -- the Predators inked defenseman Kevin Klein to a five-year pact earlier Saturday.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round