Injuries limited Hornqvist to four goals and 10 assists in 24 games this season, but the 26-year-old has been one of the team's best offensive players when healthy. In a Tuesday release announcing the move, Predators general manager David Poile said Hornqvist ``has become - and will remain - an integral member of our core group.'' He ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time list in power-play goals (28) and is 10th in overall goals (84).
His status is unclear but the fading Preds may not play him the rest of the season since they won't be headed to the postseason.
Hornqvist has played only 14 games for Nashville this season because of injuries. He missed 10 games between Jan. 28 and Feb. 16 with a lower body injury, and he was injured March 9 when boarded by Oilers defenseman Theo Peckman. Hornqvist, who has eight points this season, will be returning Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
Hornqvist has three points in five games since returning from a knee injury as he gets back up to speed. It's only a matter of time that a player of his caliber gets untracked in fantasy action and he would be a valuable pickup now if he is somehow available.
The Nashville Predators forward was hurt in a shootout loss to Anaheim on Jan. 26.
Hornqvist also had an assist in the season for opener for the Predators, who had shootout losses in both games.
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