Payday! Preds ink Forsberg to six-year, $36 million extension

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Filip Forsberg has cashed in.

Forsberg, Nashville’s budding 21-year-old star, has inked a six-year, $36 million extension with the Predators, one that will pay him $6M annually through 2022.

It’s a significant bump in salary for the young Swede. Forsberg is coming off a three-year, entry-level deal that had an annual base salary of $925,000.

“Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we’ve ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond,” Preds GM David Poile said in a release. “While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities.

“We have full confidence that he will continue to blossom into one of the top players in the world.”

Forsberg’s new deal comes on the heels of a banner campaign, in which he led the team with 33 goals and 64 points. He was a top-25 scorer in the league, and received some accolades for his two-way game with a 10th place finish in voting for the Selke Trophy.

This year’s effort effort was especially impressive given Forsberg avoided the dreaded sophomore slump. Last year, as a rookie, Forsberg was almost equally impressive, scoring 26 goals and 63 points en route to a fourth-place finish in Calder Trophy voting.

With the extension, Forsberg becomes the club’s highest-paid forward and third highest-paid player, behind Shea Weber ($7.8M cap hit) and Pekka Rinne ($7M).