Filip Forsberg led the Nashville Predators in goals and points this season, and, according to reports, the two sides are now working on a new deal.
The 21-year-old Forsberg is a pending restricted free agent at the end of his entry-level deal that came with a cap hit of $894,166, as per General Fanager.
In his second full NHL season, Forsberg scored 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games, improving on the impressive 26-goal, 63-point season he posted the previous year.
According to agent J.P. Barry, who represents Forsberg, the two sides have maintained a regular dialogue and are “zeroing in on a term that we both want to work on.”
“There’s a range of contracts out there for players this age,” Barry said during a recent phone interview. “The longer-term ones, there’s several at the five-, six-year mark and there’s only a couple that go as far as eight, so we’re trying to pinpoint the range that’s the most comfortable to both of us.”
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet cited an unidentified agent as saying he bets that if a deal does get done, it would fall between Brandon Saad‘s $6 million AAV with Columbus and Vladimir Tarasenko‘s $7.5 million with St. Louis.
Forsberg’s production dipped in the playoffs with two goals and four points in 14 games, as the Predators were eliminated in the second round. He admitted following their series loss to San Jose that he was dealing with a back injury during the post-season.