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Nick Spaling | Center

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/19/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 201
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Nick Spaling was traded to the Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel deal.
Spaling and his $2.2 million salary cap hit will move to Toronto where he will likely line up as a third-line winger. He could contribute modest offensive totals given his history in Nashville but we would not bet on him bettering his 27-point effort of 2014-15 in Pittsburgh with the rebuilding Maple Leafs. Jul 1 - 1:55 PM

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Nick Spaling scored Pittsburgh's only goal in their 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

That will do it for the 2015 edition of the Penguins, as they have officially been eliminated by the Rangers. Pittsburgh came into this series as a clear underdog mainly because they were missing several key pieces on defense. Olli Maata, Kris Letang and Christian Ehrhoff were all held out of this series due to injury. It will be an interesting off-season for the Penguins. There have been many rumors that they may trade Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby, but don't count on that happening.
Apr 24 - 10:28 PM

Nick Spaling and Daniel Winnik played center on Saturday.

The Penguins were weak down the middle when Sidney Crosby was forced to sit out due to illness and Evgeni Malkin went down early in the first with an upper body injury so Spaling and Winnik took over. The Penguins failed to score so needless to say, they missed their two superstars. Spaling was good on the draw, winning seven of ten while Winnik could only win 1-of-8.
Mar 15 - 10:02 AM

Nick Spalling scored a goal in Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago.

Penguins over two periods to get one by Corey Crawford but they eventually beat him. Beau Bennett did all the hard work entering the Chicago zone and Spaling finished the play off. The 26-year-old has now scored in two of his last three contests. Pittsburgh's third line of Spaling, Brandon Suter and Beau Bennett played well in the game. Spaling now has nine goals and 22 points in 52 games in his first season as a Penguin. Both David Perron and Sidney Crosby scored in the shootout, but it wasn't enough as the Blackhawks scored on all three of their attempts.
Feb 15 - 3:32 PM

Nick Spaling scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win against Detroit.

Spaling snapped a six-game point drought. He has eight goals and 21 points in 54 contests in 2014-15.
Feb 12 - 9:44 AM

Nick Spaling has played with almost every Penguins' forward at some point this season.

"We said he's a versatile player and will probably play in a lot of different spots," Penguins coach Mike Johnston said of Spaling. "So far he has. If you track where he's played in our lineup, from center to wing, from top line, second, third line, he's played in every position." It makes Spaling one of those players that has immense value to his team, but limited use in standard league fantasy circles. At the end of the day, he's just not a major offensive threat, as illustrated by his six goals and 18 points in 42 games in 2014-15.
Jan 15 - 11:34 AM

Forward Nick Spaling scored a goal and added an assist Monday night in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers in New York.

Spaling's goal was his fourth of the season and his assist was his sixth. Steve Downie also collected a goal and an assist for the Pens. His goal, also his fourth of the season, tied the game at 3-3 with at 15:41 of the third period. Only 23 seconds earlier, Evgeni Malkin knocked in his 15th goal of the season to cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:27:00 PM

Nick Spaling posted a goal and an assist in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-2 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night.

They were his first goal and first assist of the season on a tough night for the Pens, whose leader, Sidney Crosby, wound up a minus-two. Pascual Dupuis (second) and Marcel Goc (first) delivered the Pens' other goals Wednesday, his second of the season. Evgeni Malkin grabbed his sixth assist of the season on the Dupuis goal.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:57:00 PM

Nick Spaling played center on Saturday.

Spaling moved from the wing to center on the third line as he was between Blake Comeau and Steve Downie while usual center Marcel Goc moved down to the fourth unit between Zach Sill and Craig Adams. "I don't think it changes anything," Spaling said. "Same gameplan. Same thing. Hopefully take advantage of a little more ice or whatever it brings. It doesn't change any way I'm approaching the game." Spaling is pointless in four games after getting 13 goals and 32 points for Nashville in 71 games last season.
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 08:40:00 AM

Nick Spaling has been playing the left wing on the third line in camp.

He is officially listed as a center but he played alongside Marcel Goc and Blake Comeau in what should be a good two-way line for the Penguins during the regular season. He has 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games last season and could improve slightly on those numbers this season.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 09:39:00 AM

Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford believes newly-acquired Nick Spaling can be more of an offensive contributor with the Penguins than he was in Nashville.

Spaling was acquired by Pittsburgh along with winger Patric Hornqvist earlier in the offseason in the deal that sent James Neal to Music City. Although Hornqvist has been lauded as the most valuable asset obtained by the Pens, it's clear they are excited about both players. "He's coming out of a role and a system where it was more of a defensive system," said Rutherford. "Now, he's going to go into a new system that could give him an opportunity to put more points up."
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 07:31:00 AM

Nick Spaling has agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Spaling and the Penguins were on the brink of starting an arbitration hearing. The two sides ultimately decided to roughly split the difference between Spaling's $2.65 million request for 2014-15 and the Penguins' offer of $1.65 million. Pittsburgh acquired him from Nashville as part of the James Neal trade. Spaling had 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 10:14:00 AM

Nick Spaling has filed request for an arbitrator to award him a $2.65 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

The Penguins are countering with a $1.65 million deal. Spaling and Pittsburgh will face the arbitrator on Thursday unless the two sides can agree to terms before then.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 06:05:00 PM

Nick Spaling's arbitration hearing date has been set for July 31.

The Penguins acquired Spaling from the Nashville Predators as part of the James Neal trade. Spaling had 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Nick Spaling has filed for salary arbitration.

The restricted free agent was acquired by Pittsburgh, along with Patric Hornqvist, in exchange for James Neal at the NHL draft this past June. He notched career highs with 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games last season with the Predators.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nazem Kadri
2Tyler Bozak
3Peter Holland
4Nick Spaling
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Joffrey Lupul
3Shawn Matthias
4Leo Komarov
5Taylor Beck
6Daniel Winnik
RW1P. A. Parenteau
2Mark Arcobello
3Richard Panik
4Casey Bailey
5Nathan Horton
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Morgan Rielly
3Jake Gardiner
4Roman Polak
5Martin Marincin
6Stephane Robidas
7Matt Hunwick
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer