After many months at the negotiating table, the Nashville Predators have finally reached an agreement with Filip Forsberg. The deal is reportedly an eight-year contract with an average annual value of $8.5 million and a total value of around $68 million.

Dawn Davenport broke the news Saturday morning, then the team confirmed the report later in the day.

While we are still waiting on the final details of the contract, we do know it includes a no move clause and a no trade clause. David Poile confirmed this to Dan Rosen with NHL.com before the draft last Wednesday.

We do not yet know the signing bonuses or performance bonuses, or how the contract breaks down year by year.

But regardless, the Preds have signed Forsberg, and that’s the most important thing to know.

One Preds move this offseason likely sealed the deal

In looking over the timeline for this negotiation, there’s an interesting moment where things seemed to improve.

Between May 10th and late June, there was virtually no progress between David Poile and Filip Forsberg, who is represented by J.P. Barry.

Elliotte Friedman confirmed on June 30th that Poile and Forsberg had met a couple times, but that the two camps were still far apart on annual salary. There was still work to be done.

But then, on July 3rd, David Poile traded for Tampa Bay defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Two-time Stanley Cup champion McDonagh will come into Nashville as possibly the 2nd best defenseman on the team, behind Roman Josi.

Instantly, with one move, Poile vastly improved the Predators’ defense, which was a weakness last year. McDonagh will step into the Preds’ blueline, providing stout defense and a championship-winning mindset from a veteran player.

And five days later, Filip Forsberg re-signed with the Preds.

If we rewind the clock back to May 10th, Filip Forsberg’s comments about the Predators “needing” to be a contender in order to sign, suddenly this McDonagh move makes even more sense. Certainly the acquisition was not lost on Forsberg.

So really, with the McDonagh trade, Poile accomplished two things. He improved the Predators’ defense and convinced Forsberg that re-signing with Nashville is his best chance to win a Stanley Cup.

While that may sound like a bit of a stretch, particularly for those that watched the Preds get absolutely dominated in four games to the eventual champion Colorado Avalanche, remember that every season is different. With the Predators upgrading their blueline, shedding poor performing players like Luke Kunin and Matt Benning, and committing to keeping the best offense the team’s ever seen around for at least another three years, the hockey team in Nashville could actually be a contender in the near future.

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