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by Paul on 05/30/10 at 06:51 PM ET
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
“It was a tough deal to make at the time; obviously we were trading away Peter Forsberg,” Holmgren told NHL.com this week. But it was a deal that had to be made considering the bounty that was offered.
The Feb. 12 deal sent Forsberg to a Nashville team desperate to make some noise in the playoffs that postseason. Nashville GM David Poile pulled the trigger—sending Scottie Upshall (a first-round pick), Ryan Parent (another first-round pick) and first- and third-round picks in that spring’s Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Forsberg—because he believed his franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest.
“Arguably, has there ever been a better player traded at the trade deadline than Peter Forsberg?” Poile asked at the time. “My answer to that is probably not, and the price we paid was very high. We did it because we believed it was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we were comfortable with doing that.”
Things did not work out for the Predators, who lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.
But the deal has come up roses for the Flyers.
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