Report: Forsberg off to Nashville

The Nashville Predators apparently have taken a huge step in its quest for a Stanley Cup.

According to reports, Peter Forsberg has been acquired by the Predators from the Philadelphia Flyers for Scottie Upshall, junior defenseman Ryan Parent, a first-round and third-round pick.

If it's a done deal, the Predators are getting a player that is widely considered the best in the world. Playing on the international stage at the Olympics for his native Sweden bears that out.

Playing on the smaller NHL surfaces, there's little question he's gifted, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Forsberg has never scored more than 30 goals. He's reached 100 points only twice in his career -- by comparison, Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will have done that in each of their first two years in the league.

Forsberg also is 33 years old, but he's an "old 33." Concussions, groin, foot and ankle injuries have taken a lot away from his game. Add that he's an unrestricted free agent come July 1, and this turns into a big gamble in Music City.

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