By Bill Carey
April 30, 2013

The Predators re-signed Patric Hornqvist to a five-year deal. The Predators re-signed Patric Hornqvist to a five-year deal.

The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Patric Hornqvist to a five-year, $21.25 million deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Hornqvist would have been a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Predators said bringing him back was a priority.

The 26-year-old winger from Sweden was the final pick of the 2005 NHL Draft. In his first full year in the league -- the 2009-10 season -- Hornqvist scored 30 goals and added 21 assists. The next two years, he again topped 20 goals.

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