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Pittsburgh Penguins, Nick Spaling reach two-year, $4.4 million deal

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and restricted free agent forward Nick Spaling have agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million deal, the team announced on Thursday. 

Spaling was acquired in a June trade that sent James Neal to the Nashville Predators. 

Spaling was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Thursday morning and was reportedly seeking $2.85 million. The Penguins countered with $1.65 million before the deal for an annual average value of $2.2 million was struck.

The 25-year-old Spaling posted a career-high 32 points in 71 games for the Predators last season. He is a former second-round 2007 draft pick. 

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