Report: Duchene expected to sign with Predators

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Free-agent forward Matt Duchene is reportedly set to join the Nashville Predators on a contract carrying an average annual value of $8 million, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The deal would make Duchene the team's highest-paid player along with center Ryan Johansen.

The 28-year-old was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets last February and played a key role in helping the franchise win its first-ever playoff series, contributing 10 points in 10 playoff games.

The Predators scored the third-fewest goals among playoff teams last season and deployed the league's worst power play. The offensive upside of Duchene should help the club in those categories.

Duchene scored a career-high 31 goals and tied a career-best mark with 70 points last season between the Ottawa Senators and the Blue Jackets.

Report: Duchene expected to sign with Predators
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