Filip Forsberg

Report: Forsberg on way to Nashville, may play Monday vs. Canucks


Sounds as though Nashville’s big trade deadline acquisition could be in the lineup sooner than expected.

Filip Forsberg — acquired last Wednesday from Washington in exchange for Martin Erat — will “hopefully” be in Nashville for Sunday’s morning skate prior to a game against the Wings, according to The Tennessean’s Josh Cooper, and may make his NHL debut the following night against Vancouver.

Forsberg, 18, was the 11th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He recently completed a two-game exhibition stint with the Swedish National team, but wasn’t selected for the World Championship roster — making him eligible to head to North America.

With season-ending injuries to forwards Colin Wilson (shoulder), Paul Gaustad (shoulder) and Gabriel Bourque (knee), the Preds need help up front and would bring Forsberg directly to the NHL rather than have him play with AHL Milwaukee, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

“I would think he would come here because that would give us an extra body,” Trotz told The Tennessean. “He wouldn’t have to go to Milwaukee and then get called up or anything like that because we have two emergency recalls [Austin Watson and Daniel Bang] at forward right now.

“So we wouldn’t have to send anyone down.”

Bringing Forsberg to Nashville should be an exciting moment for the organization and fans.

He was NHL Central Scouting’s highest-rated European forward heading into the ’12 draft, and twice represented Team Sweden at the World Junior tournament, captaining the squad this year.

At the ’13 tourney, he was named to the All-Star team after losing to Team USA in the gold medal game.

Update: Since a few readers were asking in the comments section, a junior-eligible player can play five games at the NHL level before the club has to decide to keep him for the year — “burning” a year of his entry-level deal in the process — or returning him to his team.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.