Predators, Forsberg have made little progress on extension

Posted: 23/06/2022 in NHL
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With signing season around the corner, the Nashville Predators and superstar pending unrestricted free agent Filip Forsberg appear to be at an impasse in contract negotiations.

The two sides have made little progress on a new deal since Nashville’s elimination from the playoffs in May, and they remain far apart in both money and contract structure, sources told Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.

The Predators have begun to look into options to replace Forsberg through trades or free agency, Seravalli added.

General manager David Poile said the parties have discussed max-term deals.

“He’s not signing with us for anything less than eight years,” Poile said, according to NHL.com’s John Glennon.

“We’re still talking, still talking a lot. We just don’t have it done,” Poile added. “We’ve got a deadline coming up here in July. So I wish it was done; I said that two months ago. It’s disappointing.

“I’m sure (they’re disappointed) because they feel we should be offering something different. We feel that we’re in a good spot. We’ve just got to keep working to get this done.”

Forsberg is set to earn a considerable raise from the $6 million he’s made the past six seasons after burying a career-high 42 goals and 84 points in 69 games in 2021-22. The soon-to-be 28-year-old has played his entire 10-year career in Nashville after the Predators acquired him via trade from the Washington Capitals.

In May, Forsberg said his goal is to sign an extension with Nashville.

The Preds have over $21 million in cap space this offseason, according to Cap Friendly.

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