NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators are keeping forward Mikael Granlund around with a much longer contract than the one he signed last year. Granlund signed a fouryear, $20 million contract Wednesday, and general manager David Poile says keeping him in Nashville was a priority in free agency. Poile said Granlund has been one of their most consistent players and fits what they want to build. “We’re excited to see his continued impact in all three zones of the ice for the next several years and know he and his leadership will be instrumental in helping with the growth of the young group of forwards we’ve assembled,” Poile said. Granlund, 29, has led Nashville with 24 goals and in average ice time since John Hynes was hired as head coach.

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