The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with forward Nick Spaling, signing him to a one year contract worth $1.5M.

At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Spaling was selected in the second round, 58th overall, by the Predators. Spaling signed an entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators in the summer of 2008. He had nine goals and 13 points in 47 contests in 2013, playing in a very limited role.

A key penalty killer for Nashville, Spaling was set to meet with an arbitrator later this week in regards to a new contract. Spaling’s minus-10 tied for the lowest in his career, however he was able to put up his best goal total since debuting in the NHL. Spaling will be vying for second line duty this upcoming season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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