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NHL - US Sports: Predators aim to tie down Forsberg

General Manager David Poile says the Nashville Predators are committed to signing forward Filip Forsberg to a new contract.

The Predators, 30/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have ruled out suggestions that the 27-year-old might be moved elsewhere ahead of the NHL's trade deadline on 21st March, instead re-iterating their commitment to the Swede. 

Stats impressive

Forsberg leads the Predators with 27 goals in 40 games this season and is third with 45 points behind defenseman Roman Josi (53) and forward Matt Duchene (46).

The winger was originally picked in the first-round (11th overall) by the Washington Capitals in 2012 but was traded to the Predators before making an appearance for  the Captials.

Since, Forsberg has amassed 430 points (205 goals, 225 assists) in 537 regular season games for Nashville. In the playoffs, he has also scored 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 71 appearances. 

In the final season of six-year, $36-million contract, Forsberg is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season, but Poile doesn't believe it will come to that.

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Playoff spot in sight

Forsberg has helped the Predators (30-20-4) to fourth place in the Central Division this season and currently they hold the first Wild Card spot to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Poile said in an interview with 102.5 The Game in Nashville: "No, I'm not trying to trade Filip Forsberg, I'm trying to sign Filip Forsberg. 

"It hasn't been done. I don't know when it's going to get done. I don't have the crystal ball to say it will get done. Both sides want it to happen, but it hasn't happened now."

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