Nick Spaling probably did not need to get in a fight the franchise that traded for him roughly a month ago.
It made sense, therefore, that the former Nashville Predators forward avoided arbitration Thursday when he agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million contract  with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The $2.2 million annual salary is twice what he made with Nashville in 2012-13. He earned $1.5 million last season on a one-year deal.
Oddly, on a team with as much star power as any, he is now the sixth highest paid forward and one of only six signed beyond the coming season.
“To me, it seems like a fair deal,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. “We really like Nick. We know he's going to play a good role.
“… He's coming out of a role and a system where it was more of a defensive system. Now, he's going to go into a new system that could give him an opportunity to put more points up.”
Spaling, 25, set career-highs with 13 goals, 19 assists and 32 points last season. Nashville drafted him in second round (58th overall) in 2007 and traded him, along with Patric Hornqvist, to Pittsburgh on June 27 for left wing James Neal.