Nashville Predators sign Filip Forsberg to 8-year extension

The Nashville Predators re-signed forward Filip Forsberg days before reaching full free agency on an eight-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

Forsberg’s deal has an average annual value of $8.5 million against the NHL salary cap, a source confirmed to ESPN.

There was no word on no-trade or no-movement clauses in the contract, although Predators general manager David Poile recently hinted that they would likely be part of this new contract.

Forsberg, 27, had 84 points in 69 games for Nashville last season, including a career-high 42 goals. He spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Predators after the Washington Capitals sold a then-promising Forsberg to Nashville in 2013. The forward from Sweden has 469 points in 566 career games and is the franchise leader with 220 goals.

There were concerns in Nashville that Forsberg could go as a free agent. In June there was still a significant gap in the contract talks. But Nashville stuck by him during the NHL trade deadline, believing it could eventually find common ground in the talks.

Forsberg’s $8.5 million AAV makes him the highest-paid forward on the team, earning slightly more than Matt Duchene and Ryan Johansen ($8 million each) annually. Forsberg’s contract puts him second on the team behind captain Roman Josi, a defender who averages $9.059 million against the Cap.

The Predators were the only team that could give Forsberg eight years under the NHL’s free agent rules. Nashville Predators sign Filip Forsberg to 8-year extension

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