Preds draft route should follow a very familiar path
JUN 23, 11:49p ET | Kristopher Martel
Rotowire: Jul 20 / 1:34p ET
News: Smith signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension with the Predators on Monday.
Impact: Smith and the Predators were reportedly far apart on a new contract as they headed into arbitration, but were able to agree to terms immediately following their salary arbitration hearing on Monday. Smith has been phenomenal for the Predators, posting two straight 20-plus goal seasons with the team, and tallying a total of 47 goals over that span. He will return to a top-six role with Nashville, and barring injury, should continue to be extremely productive for the Predators in 2015-16.
StatsLLC: Jul 20 / 12:00a ET
News: The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract.
Impact: Smith, 25, has scored at least 20 goals in two straight seasons. He had five points in six games in Nashville's first-round playoff loss to Chicago.
Rotowire: Jul 18 / 9:17p ET
News: Smith and the Predators are far apart on a new contract as they head into arbitration on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Impact: Smith has delivered two straight 20-plus goal seasons with the Preds, with 47 goals total in that span. He's seeking $4.75 million for 2015-16, but the Preds have been holding firm at $3 million so far. There's still time for the two sides to come to a settlement before arbitration Monday, but that salary difference may be too significant to overcome.