Predators Sign Filip Forsberg To An Eight-Year Contract
The Nashville Predators signed Filip Forsberg to an eight-year contract. Cap Friendly indicates it’s a $68 million deal, breaking down as $8.5 million annually. The 28-year-old left wing was slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I write this, the full details of Forsberg’s new contract have not been released. We don’t know yet if the dollars are front- or back-loaded or if it contains signing bonuses or no-trade/no-movement clauses.
What we do know is Forsberg’s staying with the only NHL team he’s ever played for. He’s their all-time leader in goals with 220 and ranks fourth in total points with 469. He’s tallied a career-best season with 42 goals and 42 assists for 84 points.
This signing isn’t a surprise given the recent reports on how close the two sides were getting in negotiations. Back in May, Forsberg indicated his willingness to stay in Nashville and his hope a deal could be reached.
Still, this is a big investment by the Predators. They’ve ensured Forsberg will be under contract until age 35, by which time his career could be on the decline. That contract could become burdensome over its final four years.
A few more seasons like 2021-22 on Forsberg’s part, however, will go a long way toward alleviating those concerns. The Predators obviously see him as a key part of their long-term plans as they attempt to build their way back toward Stanley Cup contention.
Forsberg’s deal leaves the Predators with $9.6 million in cap space with 18 players under contract for 2022-23. Fortunately, they have all their core player under contract, providing sufficient space to re-sign or replace the remainder of their free agents.
I look at that picture of Forsberg & I hear Val Kilmer.s voice, “I’m your huckleberry”
So in the tax scheme of things $8 mill in Nashville equals $9.5 mill in NY or Toronto & $10 mill in Montreal, is that correct???
$8.5 mill in Nashville equals $10 mill in NY, Toronto or Boston & $10.5 mill Montreal!!!
Nobody sees the wizard! Not no way or no how!
Nashville is not the first team that Forsberg played for. Nashville got him in a steal from another club, possibly Minnesota.
Correction. Nashville got him from Washington
he never suited up for Washington, he was traded as a prospect for Erat. Its among the most lopsided trades of all time.
NAS isn’t a cap team, I wonder if Poile will try to see what he can get for Duchesne or Johansson, based on their great seasons