Flyers begin rebuilding process

TERRY KOSHAN -- SUN MEDIA

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Blog: Forsberg makes Nashville a serious threat

PHILADELPHIA -- The biggest prize on the National Hockey League trading block has found a new home.

The Nashville Predators, who have never advanced past the first round of the playoffs, took a big step toward what could become a long Stanley Cup run when they acquired Peter Forsberg from the Philadelphia Flyers last night.

"I'm a little shocked, but I kind of knew," Forsberg said in a news conference during the second intermission of last night's game between the Flyers and Maple Leafs. "I'm going to a good team. Re-signing (with the Flyers now) would have been out of the question because I don't know what my future will be."

The Predators paid a steep price for the Flyers captain, who participated in the pre-game warmup before being scratched. Going to the Flyers are forward Scottie Upshall, defenceman Ryan Parent, a first-round pick this year and a third-round pick, also this year.

But Nashville, whose 81 points are second only to the Buffalo Sabres' 82, has to make a strong impression this spring in a dubious hockey market.

Flyers owner Ed Snider refused to say the Flyers, the worst outfit in the NHL this season, are rebuilding.

"We don't understand what rebuilding is," Snider said. "It's an unusual situation for the Flyers and one we tried to avoid. It's something we don't like doing."

Forsberg has suffered with a foot injury this season but is healthy now. He has 11 goals and 29 assists in 40 games.

"Peter Forsberg is one of the NHL's most complete players and a consistent winner who has year in and year out been a difference-maker in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Predators GM David Poile said.

Upshall should step into the Flyers lineup immediately, and Parent could do so next year.


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