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Predators & Penguins strike a deal on NHL Draft day

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 11:14 PM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins have sent forward James Neal to the Nashville Predators in exchange for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling.
  
Both teams announced the trade Friday night.

The 26-year-old Neal had 27 goals and 34 assists in 59 games for the Penguins this season. He has 161 career goals and 154 assists in 413 career regular-season games.

Hornqvist, 27, had 22 goals and 31 assists in 76 games this season. He has 106 goals and 110 assists in 363 career regular-season games.

Spaling, 25, had 13 goals and 19 assists in 71 games for Nashville this season.

The addition of Neal signals the Predators' emphasis on boosting their offense under new coach Peter Laviolette as they attempt to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence.

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Predators & Penguins strike a deal on NHL Draft day


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