Just when fans thought they'd gotten over the Filip Forsberg trade, Team Sweden is giving them glimpse of what could have been.
During practice for the World Cup of Hockey this week, Nashville’s Forsberg has been skating on a line centered by Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom. As RMNB noted, it’s a natural pairing—one of the game’s best finishers with one of the game’s best facilitators.
Sweden's lines: Sedin-Sedin-Eriksson, Forsberg-Backstrom-Hornqvist, Silfverberg-Kruger-Hagelin, Landeskog-Soderberg-Rakell #WCH2016— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) September 5, 2016
Forsberg, of course, was drafted by the Capitals 11th overall in 2012 and, a year later, dealt to the predators for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. The latter two are no longer on the roster, while the former is headed for stardom after a 33-goal, 31-assist NHL campaign last year.
As an aside, I randomly ended up at a Blues-Nashville game with some Washington area hockey fans back in February.
So Filip Forsberg has two goals already. Isn't he ...oh, never mind.— Tarik El-Bashir⌨️🎙🏒 (@TarikNBCS) February 27, 2016
Forsberg, of course, finished with a hat trick. As you might have guessed, there was lots of eye-rolling in my section. But I digress.
This is probably a good time to remember that bad deals happen all the time in pro sports. And that the Caps still ice one of hockey's most talented lineups. And that hindsight is 20/20.
That all said, you may want to avert your eyes later this month, particularly if Forsberg and Backstrom team up to lead Sweden deep into the tournament.
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