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NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators wasted no time using the free-agent market in an attempt to boost their anemic offence. Cooper Kupp Youth Jersey . As the NHL free agency period opened Friday, Nashville added forwards Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom. The Predators also signed goaltender Carter Hutton to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level. "We knew we needed to change," Predators general manager David Poile said at a Friday news conference. "We knew we needed to improve." Nashville scored just 2.27 goals per game this past season to match the Florida Panthers for the lowest average in the NHL. Nashville finished last in the Central Division and 14th in the Western Conference with a 16-23-9 record. The Predators have invested heavily to avoid a repeat performance. Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million deal, Nystrom earned a four-year, $10 million deal, Hendricks will receive $7.4 million over the next four years, and Cullen signed a two-year contract worth $7 million. "We were very specific in the guys that we wanted, and we went out and got them," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. The 27-year-old Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists in 47 games for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. He appeared in 19 playoff games and had three assists. Stalberg, a four-year veteran, had 22 goals and 43 assists for the Blackhawks in 2011-12. His contract will pay him $2.5 million each in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million each in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Predators believe a change of scenery could improve Stalbergs production. Stalberg struggled to earn playing time this season on a crowded Blackhawks roster that features star forwards Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. "He has shown flashes of it with Chicago," Poile said. "Hes got everything you want -- size, skating. Hes got the hands. (He had) a tough time getting ahead of Toews, and Kane and Hossa and guys like that. With all due respect, our forwards are not as dynamic as that." Nystrom, 30, had seven goals and four assists for Dallas this season. He also had 61 penalty minutes in 48 games. Nystrom had 16 goals and five assists in 74 games in 2011-12. He will make $2 million each of the next two seasons and will receive $3 million each in 2015-16 and 2016-17. "Obviously playing against (the Predators) for a long time, I know the type of system they play and the type of team that they have, and I think I fit in really well in that system," Nystrom said on a conference call. "I am so excited to get the season going. I cannot wait." The 36-year-old Cullen had seven goals and 20 assists in 42 games for Minnesota this past season. He has 202 career goals and 360 assists in 1,073 regular-season NHL games since 1997-98. His contract will pay him $3 million in 2013-14 and $4 million in 2014-15. Hendricks, 32, had five goals and three assists in 48 games for Washington. He led the Capitals with 73 penalty minutes and ranked third on the team in face-off efficiency (56.8 per cent). Hendricks has 27 goals and 31 assists in 263 career games. He will receive $1.85 million annually over the next four years. "I am going to be an energy guy," Hendricks said on a conference call. "I am going to bring energy to the rink every day, whether it is games or practices, being the sandpaper, being that gritty player that sticks up for his teammates, plays hard, finishes his checks and tries to make it miserable on opponents. The more players you have like that in the lineup, it just becomes easier for everyone else." Hutton, 27, played one game for the Blackhawks and 51 games for Rockford of the AHL. He had a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage with the IceHogs. "We have never been this active in free agency and for sure (on) the first day, signing five players," Poile said. "Free agency can be a whirlwind where people go a little bit crazy. I will let you judge that. We had a clear, definite plan going into this. We wanted to identify specific areas of need, and I think we signed players that fill specific roles for our hockey club. I think all the players that we signed today are going to make us better next year." Cooper Kupp Rams Jersey . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Josh Reynolds Youth Jersey . The 29-year-old Baines has established himself as one of the top attacking full backs in the country and was the subject of two bids from United during the last off-season. Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that keeping Baines at the club is a "massive boost and exciting for the future" because he brings "maturity and football knowledge in a very specialized position on the pitch" and an "infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad. . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. LITTLE AXE, Okla. -- Several Oklahoma schools are providing equipment and gear to a rival high school football team whose locker room caught fire this week.The fire caused significant damage to helmets, jerseys, pads, cleats and other gear inside the field house locker room at Little Axe High School, about 25 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The Norman Fire Department says its still investigating the cause of Mondays blaze, but estimates the cost of the damage at $550,000 to $80,000. John Johnson Youth Jersey. The fire department says the blaze was contained to the locker room and that no one was hurt.Little Axe Principal Barry Thomas tells Oklahoma City television station KWTV ( ) that the school has been inundated with offers of help from schools that want to loan gear to the team this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '