Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames’ general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move. The Flames got Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues for a second-round pick. A full year before the Las Vegas expansion draft, GMs must plan for the inevitability of losing a player to a team that the league wants to be good out of the gate. Already the impact of the impending expansion draft has been felt with the Flames acquiring Elliott and the Toronto Maple Leafs getting goalie Frederik Andersen from the Anaheim Ducks.
Filip Forsberg has cashed in. Forsberg, Nashville’s budding 21-year-old star, has inked a six-year, $36 million extension with the Predators, one that will pay him $6M annually through 2022. It’s a significant bump in salary for the young Swede. Forsberg is coming off a three-year, entry-level deal that had an annual base salary of $925,000. “Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we’ve ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond,” Preds GM David Poile said in a release. “While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. “We have full confidence that he will