Over the past 18 years of the Nashville Predators existence, there have been plenty of bad trades or trades that looked good whose players fizzled out and many more others who were lost to free agency, etc. etc. (still miss you, Tomas Vokoun). But, none have looked as good in the short-term, long-term as the trade of the Preds’ Martin Erat & Michael Latta to the Capitals for Filip Forsberg. In certain circles of the internet where the Capitals fans congregate, even saying Erat’s name still causes fits and hisses 3 years after the fact (mainly Russian Machine Never Breaks comments section, but also other places) because the trade was so lop-sided for the Capitals fans that even the GM who wasn’t GM at the time of the trade apologized for it a year ago. Michael Latta has been doing pretty good with the Capitals as a member of their 4th line (so it’s not all doom & gloom) and RMNB recently did a Q&A with him and he sounds pretty happy.
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) February 27, 2016
Prince Filip, as he has been nicknamed, on the other hand had 26 goals, 37 assists and 63 assists in the 2014-2015 season (his first major season, as 2012-2014 he spent less than 20 games in Nashville and spent most of his time with the Milwaukee Admirals). He was also voted number four in the Calder Trophy. losing to Ekblad, Mark Stone and Gaudreau in that order, which is still pretty good company. This season, where he also went to his first NHL All-Star Game, he has 26 goals (a career high), 19 assists and 42 points with 20 or so games left in the Predators season. And he also lives on the same floor of the same apartment building with his other Predators Swedish teammates, Mattias Ekholm and Calle Jarnkrok.
On Tuesday, February 23, he had his first natural hat trick against Toronto (Preds won 3-2 in Toronto) and on Saturday, February 27, he had his second against the Blues (Preds won 5-0 at home, now only 6 points out of 3rd place in the Central Division, righting whatever was happening when they were losing in January). In his last 11 games, he’s had 12 goals.
— Gnash (@Gnash00) February 27, 2016
— Thomas Willis (@TomAWillis) February 27, 2016
Game 63 Haiku:
Petter throwing hands
Forsberg hat trick, naturally
Fil gonna get paid#haikuall82
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) February 27, 2016