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Filip Forsberg and the Nashville Predators have agreed to a new eight-year contract, the team announcement Saturday.
ESPN’s Dawn Davenport first reported that the parties were close to reaching a deal that would net Forsberg nearly $70 million.
Elliott Friedman @FriedgeHNIC
Things are going in that direction. Forsberg’s bachelor party this weekend…so the official signing hasn’t happened yet. 8×8.5. https://t.co/Q2IEHaCRDO
The news comes after the left wing has been linked to numerous trade rumors leading up to the March 21 deadline. However, Predators general manager David Poile said on March 1 that he wanted to extend the assistant captain’s contract before the deadline. The agreement is therefore not a surprise.
Poile said in an interview with 102.5 The Game in Nashville (h/t NHL.com):
“No, I’m not trying to trade Filip Forsberg, I’m trying to sign Filip Forsberg. It hasn’t been done. I don’t know when it’s going to happen. I don’t have the crystal ball to say it will happen. Both sides want it to happen, but it hasn’t happened now.
The Washington Capitals selected Forsberg 11th overall in the 2012 draft before trading him to the Predators. The Swede spent his entire 10-year career in Nashville, tallying 220 goals and 249 assists for 469 points in 566 games.
The 27-year-old has played 69 games in the 2021-22 season, tallying 42 goals and 42 assists.
With Forsberg remaining in Nashville, the franchise can focus on locking up several future free agents such as Nick Cousins.