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The Nashville Predators took a big step toward boosting their offense Monday by signing Matt Duchene away from the Columbus Blue Jackets, paying a big price to land a forward they had long targeted.

Duchene received a seven-year contract worth $56 million. He will be expected to spark the Predators’ scoring attack after a season in which they had the NHL’s worst power play and made a first-round playoff exit.

The 28-year-old center, who describes himself as a “wannabe country singer” in his Twitter bio, said the move to Nashville seemed like a “perfect fit.”

“It’s been a place where we’ve wanted to be for a long time,” Duchene said. “To see it come

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