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Nashville Predators sign forward Martin Erat to 7-year contract

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Nashville Predators are locking up forward Martin Erat to a long-term deal.

The NHL team says it has signed the restricted free agent to a US$31.5-million dollar, seven-year contract. Erat had 23 goals and 57 points this season. The 26-year-old is currently playing for the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

Erat has 253 points (85-168) in 407 career regular-season games.

He was selected by Nashville in the seventh round (No. 191) of the 1999 NHL entry draft.

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