The NHL split a pool of $15 million among its 16 playoff participants.
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The Predators on Tuesday signed restricted free-agent forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.
Aberg will make a league-minimum $650,000 in each of the next two years.
The 23-year-old led the Milwaukee Admirals and tied for third among American Hockey League players with 31 goals last season. Limited to 15 NHL games during the regular season because of Nashville’s depth on the wings, Aberg boosted his value during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
When Predators coach Peter Laviolette reconstructed his forward lines in the aftermath of center Ryan Johansen’s season-ending injury during the Western Conference finals, he tapped Aberg as the team’s first-line right wing.
Aberg nailed his audition by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5 against the Anaheim Ducks on May 20,…