“Wants to be here” – Filip Forsberg receives eight-year contract offer to remain with Nashville Predators

Nashville Predators are the only team allowed to sign Filip Forsberg to an eight-year contract; any other team is limited to seven.

Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg

Swedish ice hockey player Filip Forsberg, a pending unrestricted free agent, has received an eight-year contract offer from the Nashville Predators. The 27-year-old Forsberg, who has spent his entire 10-season National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Predators, had career bests in goals (42), assists (42) and points (84) in 69 games.

The right-wing forward is also the all-time leader with 220 goals for his side and the fourth in their history with 469 points. Forsberg was in the final season of a six-year, $36 million contract ($6 million average annual value) he signed in June 2016 and can now become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

He’s not signing with us for anything less than eight years,” Nashville’s general manager David Poile said, as quoted by NHL.com.

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Filip, in my conversations, he wants to be here,” Poile said. “It’s really down to a business decision. It’s nothing about him not wanting to be here and to go somewhere else.”

“Will offer what we think is appropriate contract number”

Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg

Poile went on to express confidence after the Predators were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference First Round that Nashville would be able to sign Forsberg. He even reckoned that things have not changed much and the two sides are speaking regularly to bridge the gap.

He added: “We’re trying to run the franchise correctly and [offer] what we think is the appropriate [contract] number, not only as a player for him, but it also gets into what we need to be able to put a good team together — which is Filip’s team. If we’re offering him an eight-year contract, it’s Filip’s team for the next eight years. He has to hopefully have a little buy-in to understanding that.”

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