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He became the first 40+ goal scorer in Nashville Predators history this season (along with Matt Duchene), but is his time in Music City coming to an end?
Forward Filip Forsberg's six year contract with the Predators expires later this summer, and he's a pending unrestricted free-agent. Naturally, he's going to be among the more coveted names on the open market. But if Forsberg's words are any indication, Predators fans needn't worry about seeing him wear another jersey next season.
In fact, Forsberg believes that the Predators are on the right track to hockey's ultimate glory.
"I've said that since day one - the goal is to come back here," Forsberg said. "And the business side is completely different than the on-ice side, as you guys are aware of, and just kind of have to wait and see and play it out. There has been obviously some progression throughout the season from where we started in September, and me and my agent and [Predators General Manager] David [Poile] and [Predators Assistant General Manager] Brian [Poile] and the management - there's going to be an ongoing conversation in the process, and we'll just have to see where we end up."
"I've been fortunate enough to be on this team for a long time now and made the playoffs every year, but at the same time, every player plays to win the Stanley Cup, and so do I," Forsberg said. "That's my biggest goal, and I do believe that we have a team that can make that in the future. I think that's the direction that a team has to be heading, and I think we are."
Forsberg, who was swept along with his teammates out of the postseason by the powerful Colorado Avalanche in a quick four games, plans on spending the offseason recovering from the disappointing setback - while also throwing a subtle jab at the Arizona Coyotes in the process.
"It's going to take a little bit of time to kind of analyze and recover from this one, but I'm proud of the guys," Forsberg said. "You see the team going in the right direction. Nobody had us going to the playoffs. Nobody had us pushing for anything but basically to beat Arizona for the bottom spot in the division. I thought we did a lot of good things that we can build on it. And yeah, every time we stand here, it's up to every individual to come back ready to go and be better."