10th: Peter Forsberg acquired; scores OT winner vs. Detroit
/ Nashville Predators
February 15 & 24, 2007
Predators General Manager David Poile executed the biggest trade in franchise history when he acquired one of the most dominating players of his era from Philadelphia – former Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner Peter Forsberg.
"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," Poile said. "He strengthens our club up the middle and will provide another battle-tested, veteran voice to our dressing room. 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 trade sent shockwaves through the hockey community, and sent a message that the Predators were poised to compete for the Stanley Cup. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native tallied 15 points (2g-13a) in 17 regular season contests and pitched in four more points in the postseason.
Possibly his biggest point in a Preds jersey came in a late-February clash with the rival Detroit Red Wings – it was his first goal, and came at the most-clutch of times.
Paul Kariya tallied the game-tying goal with just 1:04 remaining in regulation, sending the fourth of eight meeting between the two teams to overtime. Just 2:11 into the extra session, Kariya found his newest linemate driving to the net, and “Foppa” redirected the game winner past Chris Osgood for a 4-3 Nashville win.
"It was an unbelievable pass by Paul," Forsberg said after the game. "I thought we battled. It was great to score my first goal and get my first points. The team played great and there was a great atmosphere in the building."