The Nashville Predators’ aim in free agency is obvious. They need to get a forward … or two or three.

They will be short at least one target, though, when the signing period opens Friday.

Reports early Thursday said that Nashville was one of three teams on the short list of veteran forward Daniel Briere, who became available when the Philadelphia Flyers bought him out of the final two years of his contract. By late afternoon, though, reports said that the 35-year-old had agreed to terms with the Montreal Canadiens and intended to sign Friday.

“We’ve got some openings on our forward situation,” Predators general manager David Poile said earlier this week. “That’s what’s going to be our primary goal when we get to [Friday] as to what we can do to fill in one or two holes.”

The Predators traded Martin Erat, a fixture on their top two lines for years, late last season. Sergei Kostitsyn, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2010-11, seems headed for the Kontinental Hockey League even though he has one year remaining on his current contract. Matt Halischuk was not offered the qualifying offer this week necessary for Nashville to retain his rights, which makes him an unrestricted free agent, and Brandon Yip is a free agent who will not get an offer from Nashville.

There are prospects who spent some time in the NHL and could fill a spot or two, Among that group are Taylor Beck, Filip Forsberg, Daniel Bang and Kevin Henderson.

However, Poile would like to add some veteran presence, not to mention proven scoring to a lineup that had the fewest goals of any Western Conference team in 2012-13.