PHILADELPHIA (AP) -The Philadelphia Flyers
finally traded Peter Forsberg
), sending the star center to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators
on Thursday night for forward Scottie Upshall
, defenseman Ryan Parent
and two draft picks.
Forsberg, slowed this season by chronic right foot problems, can become an unrestricted a free agent at the end of the season, and the Flyers decided to get some value for the former NHL MVP rather than risk losing him for nothing.
"Peter Forsberg is one of the NHL's most complete players and the ultimate competitor, a consistent winner who has year in and year out been a difference-maker in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Predators general manager David Poile said.
"He strengthens our club up the middle and will provide another battle-tested, veteran voice. Adding a player of this caliber also sends a strong message to our fans that the Nashville Predators are prepared to compete at the highest level."
The 33-year-old Swede had 11 goals and 29 assists in 40 games for the Flyers this season, his second with Philadelphia after 10 years with Quebec and Colorado.
Forsberg has visited with doctors around the globe to find out why his foot hasn't felt right in his skate, the health issue mostly responsible for keeping him out 16 games this season. He met with team chairman Ed Snider and general manager Paul Holmgren this week to talk about his future.
Forsberg was a late scratch for Philadelphia's game against Toronto on Thursday night. The NHL-worst Flyers are 0-13-3 without Forsberg in the lineup this season.
Since Forsberg returned from an All-Star break trip to visit a foot specialist in Sweden, he has three goals and nine assists in nine games.
Forsberg is in the final months of a two-year, $11.5 million contract he signed after leaving Colorado, and while he had long maintained his first priority was to re-sign with the Flyers, contenders were actively asking the organization about his availability.
In addition to Upshall and Parent, the Flyers received Nashville' first- and third-round selections in the 2007 entry draft.