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Acquiring Forsberg 'a huge deal' for Preds

Updated: February 20, 2007, 9:36 AM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since their expansion start in 1998, the Nashville Predators have been hearing that they needed to spend money on some quality talent to win.

They took their biggest gamble yet Thursday, swapping two young players and two top draft picks to Philadelphia for star center Peter Forsberg, a former NHL MVP.

"This is a huge deal for our franchise," general manager David Poile said in a conference call Thursday night from St. Louis, where the Predators play Friday.

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