NHL Rumors: 2 Nashville Predators Trade Candidates

The Nashville Predators started out this season like a house on fire and have recently gone through some inconsistent production from a number of different players. They sit with a record of 34-21-4, good for a wild card playoff position in the west. The Predators are one team with a ton of cap space this season and have been linked to a number of different trades. They have some internal business to take care of as well, so general manager David Poile will be busy these next seven days. Let's take a look at two Predators who could be on the way out of town before March 21:

Filip Forsberg

No contract extension by the trade deadline usually means a trade is looming so it's going to be an interesting week to watch Filip Forsberg. The long-time Predators sniper is in the final season of his contract, making $6 million against the cap. At 27 years old there's going to be a ton of interest in Forsberg who has been one of the most productive wingers since he stepped into the NHL. This season he's recorded 54 points in 46 games and his 52 points in 71 Stanley Cup playoff games will not go unnoticed by other teams. If the Predators end up moving Forsberg over contract talks, they better get a huge return or else Smashville's fan base will lose their minds. Worth noting he does not have any trade protection on his contract.

Nick Cousins

Cousins has been out there already in trade rumors as teams look at rental options available. He's a versatile forward who can play multiple positions. So far this season the Belleville, Ontario native has recorded 16 points in 46 games. Cousins has only 27 games of playoff experience under his belt, and at $1.5 million on the cap, won't costs teams a ton to acquire if Nashville does indeed want to move him. Expect a mid-round pick and prospect heading back the other way in any deal. 

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