Is Filip Forsberg on the Trade Block?


Filip Forsberg is having a strong showing this season, leading the Nashville Predators with 26 goals in 39 games and third with 44 points.

However, questions arose over the 27-year-old left-winger’s future in Nashville after Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest took to Twitter to report that the Predators were “actively buying” him.

Forsberg is expected to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing a six-year contract with an average annual value of $6 million. He was the subject of trade speculation early in the season, but that had dissipated with the Predators in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase.

Athletic’s Joe Rexrode reports Predators general manager David Poile quickly denied the report, saying the goal remains to sign Forsberg. Strickland stood by his sources but admitted to Rexrode that “due diligence” would have been a better term to describe Poile gauging Forsberg’s value in the commercial market.

Poile performed similar “due diligence” last season when he reportedly tested the market on defender Mattias Ekholm. He eventually retained Ekholm and signed him to a contract extension last October.

Forsberg and Poile could reach an agreement on a contract extension before the March 21 trade deadline. Nevertheless, an exchange is still possible if they fail to reach an agreement by then.

Forsberg could pique the interest of a playoff contender who needs punches like the Los Angeles Kings. Maybe a promising team with salary cap space and plenty of business assets becomes interested provided they get permission from Poile to talk to Forsberg about a contract extension before the trade deadline. The Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils could fall into this category.


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