Forsberg has offered an eight-year contract to stay with the Predators

NASHVILLE – Philip ForsbergAn unlimited free agent on hold, was offered an eight-year contract by the Nashville Predators, CEO David Poile said Thursday.

“He won’t be signing with us for less than eight years,” Poile said.

The Predators are the only team authorized to sign an eight-year contract with Forsberg; any other team is limited to seven.

Forsberg, who spent his entire 10-season NHL career with the Predators, has had the best career scores in goals (42), assists (42) and points (84) in 69 games.

The 27-year-old striker is the Predators’ all-time leader with 220 goals and is fourth in their history with 469 points.

Forsberg can become an unlimited free agent on July 13th. He was in the final season of a six-year, $ 36 million (average annual value of $ 6 million) contract that he signed on June 27, 2016.

Poile expressed confidence after the Predators were overwhelmed by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Western Conference that Nashville would be able to sign Forsberg and said things haven’t changed much since then. He said the two sides speak regularly in an effort to bridge the gap.

“We’re still talking, still talking a lot,” Poile said. “We just didn’t. We have 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 offer something different. We feel we are in a good position. We just have to keep working to do it. “

Forsberg said at the end of the season he wanted to stay with the Predators.

“I’ve said it from day one: the goal is to come back here,” he said on May 10. “The business side is completely different from the ice side. [We’ll] I just have to wait, see and act “.

Poile said he hopes Forsberg understands what Nashville needs to keep a competitive team around him.

The Predators were the second wild card in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season, the eighth consecutive season in which they qualified. But in addition to Forsberg, forwards Luca Kunin And Yakov Trenin can be limited free agent and forward Jeannot tannerwho led the NHL rookies with 24 goals, will be able to sign a contract extension on 13 July.

“Filip, in my conversations, wants to be here,” Poile said. “It depends on a business decision. It’s not about him not wanting to be here and go somewhere else.

“We are trying to manage the franchise properly and [offer] what we think is appropriate [contract] number, not only as a player for him, but also in what we need to be able to put together a good team, which is Filip’s team. If we’re offering him an eight-year contract, he’s Filip’s team for the next eight years. Hopefully it will have to have a little consensus to figure it out. “

Poile left open the possibility that Forsberg could “take a look at free will” while still returning to Nashville. He compared the situation to that of Colorado Gabriele Landeskogwho signed an eight-year contract on July 27, 2021, the day before free agency started last season.

Although Forsberg’s signing is the Predators’ first priority, Poile said other plans need to be formulated in case it doesn’t happen.

“We are taking a position where we feel we offer the right thing,” he said. “They are taking a position where they think it should be more. I am trying to weigh the balances of what I pay each individual player against my total number of teams and what other things we need to do to have a good team for the future.

“So they’re not wrong, and with all due respect I’m not wrong. Something has to give in the next two weeks for Filip to sign.”

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