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by Paul on 02/15/07 at 10:56 PM ET
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
In the wake of the Peter Forsberg trade, there will be a rush to judgment.
Some will proclaim the Predators just dealt their way to the Stanley Cup.
Others will say the Flyers parlayed a rental player into a bountiful harvest of picks and prospects.
We are likely to get the early returns on Nashville’s half of the equation before Philadelphia’s, but it is fair to say both scenarios are fraught with peril.
added 9:41pm, from TBM at NBC Sports,
That’s it? That’s all Philadelphia gets for Peter Forsberg?
E-mail the Bellowing Moose
The Moose told you on Wednesday that Nashville was the front runner in the Forsberg derby, but what he didn’t know was how little the Predators would be giving up to land the player who may very well deliver them to the Stanley Cup Finals this June.
added 10:29pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A long playoff could help solidify their fan base, in the same way that both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes became far more viable franchises after they won Stanley Cup championships in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
A lot needs to go right for the Predators to join those teams in the winning circle — minimal injuries, ensuring that Forsberg contributes to team chemistry. Still, on paper, they now have as close to a Murderer’s Row lineup as a team can ice in the new collective bargaining agreement, with three lines all able to score, skill on the blueline and depth in goal in case of injury.
Forsberg’s addition could be the final piece of the puzzle that turns Music City into Hockeytown - and not at some indeterminate time in the future either.
added 10:36pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Never mind winning the Stanley Cup. Nashville Predators GM David Poile may well have saved his entire franchise Thursday evening.
With ruthless efficiency that belies his understated demeanor, Poile has established himself as one of the gutsiest, most assertive GMs in the business with his coup de grace acquisition of Philadelphia center Peter Forsberg.
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