No. 2: Filip Forsberg
Forsberg makes $6M and is on the final year of his contract. Not only that, but there are rumors around the league that he’s being actively shopped right now.
The Predators are on the verge of the playoffs right now. However, if they do make the playoffs, they’re going to have a very hard time advancing anywhere because they may have to play Colorado, Vegas or Calgary in the first round.
The only hope they would have is if goaltender Juuse Saros stands on his head and the team wins low-scoring games every night, but that’s a lot to ask from the 26-year-old.
Since Nashville sees it’s playoff dreams fading, it makes sense to shop their best asset. Forsberg has 26 goals in 38 games this year and has been one of the best goal-scorers in the league. With a career 0.38 goals per game average, Forsberg has been on a 30-goal per season pace his entire career and would be a perfect fit in Toronto’s top-six.
The John Tavares and William Nylander line needs a boost right now and Forsberg could be that player to help. If Toronto could pull of this trade it would easily make their top-six the best in hockey.