Reports are that Forsberg is close to making a decision, and is open to signing anywhere. Obviously he probably has his preferences, but I would have to think that we would be on that list, even with his buddy Kariya gone. Remember the story that before the ownership crisis\his decision to wait, he was actually quoted on how much he liked the city and wouldn't mind playing for us again.
Turn around to a new ownership group who is looking to make a statement--who knows the effect that the Forsberg trade had on ticket sales last season, not to mention merchandise, national publicity, etc...
If we could get Forsberg for the rest of this year and next...do we do it? If it takes offering 1 million more than the next highest offer...I think we have to do it, health in question or not. We had our problems in the playoffs last year...he wasn't one of them. It was more the fact that he was dishing to, at times, Vernon Fiddler that hurt us.
I'd make a move for him for sure, but I can't see Poile being that bold and I cannot see Forsberg wanting to come back here at all. He wants to win a cup. While we are "still in it", I don't think we would be that attractive to someone like himself.
I think he will end up in Detroit honestly.
Originally Posted by nomorekids
We had our problems in the playoffs last year...he wasn't one of them. It was more the fact that he was dishing to, at times, Vernon Fiddler that hurt us.
For sure. Forsberg was one of the few players actually playing out there. Its a shame that we picked up so many injuries and went sputtering into the playoffs. Because I still think we could have done some damage last year. But on topic, Forsberg was amazing for us in the playoffs.
if you have a chance to get Forsberg, you get Forsberg.
Even at 60% healthy he is better than anyone we have.
I agree. I think if he'd come here Poile would make it happen. Problem is if Forsberg wants a chance to WIN the cup, he doesn't come here. (I think we make the playoffs but I think we're a longshot for the cup even with Forsberg.)
Peter Forsberg said Thursday he would like to return to the NHL, and Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed he had been in touch with Forsberg's agent over the last couple of days.
The 34-year-old Forsberg has been sidelined with a foot and ankle injury since finishing last season with Nashville. He had practiced with his hometown team of Modo in Sweden, but announced he would not be playing for that team.
Nashville acquired Forsberg from Philadelphia last season at the trade deadline for a player, a prospect and two draft picks. Forsberg became a free agent at the end of last season, ending his ties to the Predators.
"I told him we would be interested," Poile said. "But there was no indication from his agent as to where he wanted to play or who he wanted to play for. He didn't give a definitive timetable of when he would do it, nor did he say he was ready to play.
So much for this dream. Poile said at the town hall meeting that they talked to Forsberg's agent, made a formal offer...and were assured that Forsberg loved his time in Nashville, thinks we have a good team...but declined our offer...which was the highest we would make.