I just want to start off this NHL trade rumors piece by saying, the annual holiday roster freeze begins at 11:59 PM EST on Dec. 19 and lifts at 12:01 am EST on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
Back to the latest Filip Forsberg rumors. The Nashville Predators have played really well for the first third of this NHL season and sit comfortably in a playoff spot. The big question everyone is asking is, what will they do with Forsberg?
NHL rumors were floating around in the offseason of the Preds looking to trade Forsberg if he did not sign a contract extension. Now that the team is in playoff contention, does Nashville re-sign him, trade him or keep him as their own playoff rental?
Dan Rosen of NHL.com states the only way he see’s the Predators completing a Forsberg trade is through a sign-and-trade deal to get the maximum return on Forsberg which could be a top prospect and a first round pick.
Rosen went on to say, “I don’t understand why trading him is the right option for the Predators. Why aren’t we talking about them as a Stanley Cup contender? Why isn’t Forsberg automatically considered a huge piece for them? He’s 27 years old, in his prime, well-rounded, and can score. Sign him.”
I have to agree with Rosen, I don’t see the Preds trading Forsberg as they will need him for a playoff run. The issue for the Preds will be the offseason, Forsberg will be a free agent and they might not be able to match an offer from another team.