Predators extend 2 more players just before lockout - WKRN News 2

Predators extend 2 more players just before lockout

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

On what looks to be the final day of communication for a while between NHL players and their teams, the Nashville Predators announced the extension of defenseman Kevin Klein and forward Craig Smith.

Nashville extended Klein five years. His deal is worth $3 million the first three years and $2.75 million the final two. 

Klein, 27, led the Predators in blocked shots last season (151), and posted a career high in points (21). He also ranked third in total ice time, just behind team captain Shea Weber and the newly departed Ryan Suter.

Smith's deal is worth $4 million over two years. Smith, just 23, tied for second in power play goals for all NHL rookies last season. The Wisconsin native's 36 points ranked second for most points by a rookie Predator in the franchise's history.

Smith attended the University of Wisconsin for two years before signing a professional contract with the Predators last summer.

The signings come just one day after the announcement of the extension for forward Gabriel Bourque and two days after the signing of defenseman Jonathon Blum.

If the NHL and the Players Association do not reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight eastern Saturday, the league will be locked out.­

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