NHL Roundup: Predators swing deal for hobbled Forsberg
Friday, February 16, 2007
From wire dispatches
The Philadelphia Flyers finally traded Peter Forsberg, sending the star center to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators last night for forward Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent and two draft picks.
The Flyers then lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at home later.
Forsberg, slowed this season by chronic right foot problems, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Flyers decided to get some value for the former NHL MVP rather than risk losing him for nothing.
"We went around and around with Peter for a fair amount of time about making a commitment to us for future years and it appears that he could not and would not do that going forward," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.
Forsberg, 33, from Sweden, is in the final months of a two-year, $11.5 million contract. He had 11 goals and 29 assists in 40 games for the Flyers this season, his second with Philadelphia after 10 years with Quebec and Colorado.