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3 Potential Landing Spots For Filip Forsberg

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ST PAUL, MN - MARCH 13: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators celebrates after scoring an empty net goal against the Minnesota Wild in the third period of the game at Xcel Energy Center on March 13, 2022 in St Paul, Minnesota. The Predators defeated the Wild 6-2. David Berding/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by David Berding / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Unrestricted free-agent Filip Forsberg is coming off a career-best offensive showing consisting of 42 goals and 42 assists. 

The 27-year-old Swede is also a proven possession driver with a career 4.1 Relative Corsi For percentage at even strength and a 52.9 CF% over the past three years when adjusted for score and venue.

He’s one of the prized scorers in this year’s UFA class, and he’ll bolster any offense in the league.

Here are 3 potential landing spots for Forsberg if he fails to re-sign in Nashville.

Carolina Hurricanes

Let’s face it, this is a match made in heaven … or Scandinavia. 

The Hurricanes have four Finns and fellow Swede Jesper Fast under contract for next season, and Forsberg is another versatile winger to boost an already potent top-six group.

While Carolina has the cap space to make a splash, the ‘Canes also have in-house decisions. 

Center Vincent Trocheck and winger Nino Niederreiter are UFAs, and restricted free-agent winger Martin Necas is also a priority for the team.

Defenseman Tony DeAngelo is also eyeing a raise after quarterbacking the No. 1 power-play unit and piling up 51 points across 64 games on a $1 million, prove-it salary. He’s also an RFA.

Still, if the Carolina brass prioritize Forsberg and kick the tires, it could prove to be an ideal fit for the 27-year-old winger and the reigning Metropolitan Division champions.

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New Jersey Devils

Another Metropolitan team with oodles of cap space, New Jersey could be a sneaky fit for Forsberg.

The Devils have inked centers Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier to long-term deals, and Forsberg would project to be the go-to winger alongside Hughes – an emerging superstar.

Additionally, the Devils opened their wallet for defenseman Dougie Hamilton last year, so adding another established veteran to expedite the rebuild wouldn’t be a huge shock.

New Jersey might not be that far away from being a playoff contender, either.

Ottawa Senators

Similar to the Devils, the pieces are beginning to fit together in Ottawa, and the Senators also boast a talented young core. 

Forsberg would be an ideal complement to the top-six group, and Ottawa has the cap flexibility to offer him a lucrative contract.

Additionally, with the organization announcing plans for a new downtown arena, the brass might finally be moving in the right financial direction.

The Senators are further along in their rebuild than you think, too. Ottawa capped off the 2021-22 regular season with a 14-15-2 record from March 1 on. 

Flirting with .500 hockey despite a 0.983 PDO at five-on-five shouldn’t go unnoticed. Specifically, the metric was dragged down by the second lowest shooting percentage in the league during the noted timeframe. 

Enter the high-scoring Forsberg.

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