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Forsberg, Predators agree to Contract Extension

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The Predators and Filip Forsberg Have Agreed on a Contract Extension

The Nashville Predators have signed 21 year old winger Filip Forsberg to a contract extension. The contract is worth $36 million over the next 6 seasons, with an annual cap hit of $6 million. He becomes the highest paid player on the team as well as the player with the longest term. Forsberg was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st.

Forsberg was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2012 draft. At the trade deadline during the 2013 season, he was unexpectedly traded to the Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.

Forsberg played a few games in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, but played his first full season in the 2014-15 season. He scored 26 goals in his rookie year, and was considered a shoe in for the Calder Trophy, but wasn’t even a finalist for the trophy, finishing 4th in the voting. He followed being snubbed for the trophy by scoring 33 goals, leading the team in points and goals for the second straight season.

Forsberg has become one of the most dynamic players in the league, not only offensively, but defensively as well. He finished 10th in voting, including 2 first place votes, for the Selke trophy, which is given to the leagues top defensive forward.

General manager David Poile has full confidence that Forsberg will become one of the top players in the league. “Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we’ve ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond. While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. We have full confidence that he will continue to blossom into one of the top players in the world.”