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Predators re-sign Hornqvist for five years

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Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist, the first Predators draftee to score 30 goals in a season for the team, has re-signed for five years and $21.25 million.

"As we build towards the 2013-14 season and beyond, re-signing Patric Hornqvist was an off-season priority," President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile said in a statement. "Since joining the Predators, he has become -- and will remain -- an integral member of our core group."

Hornqvist, 26, has scored at least 21 plus goals in each of three full NHL seasons. The Sollentuna, Sweden native has also been a mainstay on the Swedish National Team in recent years, participating in three World Championship tournaments since 2007, as well as the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

A seventh-round pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, Hornqvist is one of three players picked last overall to play at least 100 NHL games and score at least 20 goals.
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