The Nashville Predators have four days remaining until the NHL’s trade deadline. In that time, we will likely learn the future of Filip Forsberg.
Will he sign an extension with the Nashville Predators, securing his future in Nashville before his current contract runs out?
Or will David Poile wave the white flag and trade Forsberg away for assets?
Here’s the latest Filip Forsberg rumors.
Filip Forsberg contract talks “re-engaged”
With talks seemingly at a standstill for the last few months, a report from Darren Dreger of TSN makes it sound like conversations are happening again.
The Nashville Predators have re-engaged in contract negotiations with Filip Forsberg’s agent, J.P. Barry. The Preds have maintained their focus is on extending Forsberg rather than trading their top goal scorer. Sounds like marginal progress has been made to this point.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 18, 2022
As recently as Tuesday, it sounds like Poile hadn’t talked to J.P. Barry, saying on a local radio show that he was hoping to talk to them soon. At the time, Poile said the two sides “had not reached the right number yet.”
It was unclear whether Poile meant the contract value or the contract term. It should be assumed Forsberg wants the full eight years, which he can only get if he re-signs with Nashville.
But Dreger’s report suggests that things are moving again.
The simple fact that contract talks are back on should be very encouraging to Preds fans that want Filip Forsberg in Nashville long term. Especially because with the team still in a playoff spot and winning more games than not, it would be very tough for Poile to traded away his best offensive forward.
Thursday night in Philadelphia, Forsberg tied the franchise all-time scoring record held by David Legwand. And he did it on a ridiculous, “between-the-legs” goal that put the Preds ahead 4-3 in the 3rd period:
It is interesting that this Dreger report occurred about 14 hours after that Forsberg goal. Was it a catalyst to getting a deal done? Has the apex of the stalemate finally been reached?
According to this ESPN report from Emily Kaplan, the answer is yes:
“Filip Forsberg and Patrik Laine’s names were out there briefly, but both players are safe bets to remain with their teams (Nashville and Columbus, respectively).”
Not only does that suggest a trade isn’t looming, it suggests that Poile will either get the contract done sometime in the next four days or even possibly in the offseason when Forsberg is officially a free agent.
While it seems likely the Preds could get outbid by another team in the offseason, David Poile seems determined to get something done.
Ten days ago, David Poile said he hoped to have “some good news” in the next couple weeks.
Well, with four days remaining on that promise, and four days remaining until the trade deadline, hockey fans in Nashville are still waiting.
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