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Paul Skrbina
Nashville Tennessean

A plan isn't part of Filip Forsberg's plan.

Other than playing "the best hockey," he can, the Nashville Predators forward said he has no idea when he might sign his next contract. The 27-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, should he not sign an extension with Nashville.

Forsberg, in the final season of a six-year, $36 million deal, addressed the subject again Wednesday, the same day teammate Mattias Ekoholm signed a four-year, $25 million extension to stay in Nashville and a day before the season opener against the Seattle Kraken.

Forsberg said he wasn't sure whether negotiations would take place during the season or whether he would test the open market.

He's aware attention would shift to him upon Ekholm's signing.

"I honestly don't have a plan," Forsberg said. "I'm just going to play. Obviously, guys sign early. For me, it's just about playing. The only way I can put myself in the best position possible is by playing to the best of my abilities. ... If that leads to a contract tomorrow or whatever, that's just out of my hands."

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Predators general manager David Poile knew negotiations with Forsberg would be different than with Ekholm, who repeatedly expressed his desire to sign an extension to stay in Nashville.

Forsberg, who has the second-most goals (178) and fifth-most points (385) in franchise history, said early during training camp he was focused on hockey.

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