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Time Running Out On Forsberg

from TSN,

It appears as though Peter Forsberg’s numerous injuries may finally have got the best of him.

In an interview with Swedish television station TV6 following an exhibition game in his home country, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was not optimistic about his chances of continuing to play professional hockey.

“It’s no good,” Forsberg told TV6.  “I have no balance skating.  If it continues to be as it is today, I will not continue playing.”

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Hank1974's avatar

Finally!!!

I love Fopa, but enough already. It’s not his fault that the media hangs on his every word, but I’m tired of hearing about whether he’s coming back or not.
Leave him alone and let him play in Sweden or retire in peace.

And then maybe the hockey world won’t have to put up with their own version of Brett Favre anymore.

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/13/10 at 06:10 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Very sad.
Those that know hockey knew it was coming, and the others just keep dragging it out of the woodwork, every lazy day they have.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/13/10 at 07:32 PM ET

Primis's avatar

How is it very sad?

Konstantinov’s career being cut short is sad.  Jiri Fischer’s career being cut short (and nearly dying on the ice) is sad.  Daniel Snyder being killed by Dany Heatley is sad.  These guys never really got much of a chance in comparison.

Forsberg is 37 years old, has been playing pro hockey since 1989-90 and spent 13 of those years in the NHL.  I fail to see how that’s “sad’.  It’s not like his career was somehow cut “short”.  He won 2 Cups, Olympic Gold twice, a Calder, an Art Ross, and a Hart.

Nor do I thik it’s “sad” as in pathetic that he wanted to continue playing and did so in the SEL.

He’s just another old guy now who Father Time caught up with.  I really don’t know why he fascinates everyone so… when you play the way he did and you get towards your mid-30’s, you almost always have a rapid decline and the injuries catch up to you.

Posted by Primis on 08/13/10 at 08:05 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

How is it very sad?

Players of his caliber routinely play into age 39 and 40, many times in a diminished role, but productive nevertheless. 
He is 37, as you said, but has not been able to play since he was 35 due to that ankle that will not heal properly.
Maybe in about 27 yrs when you are 40, you will see it differently..

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 08/13/10 at 08:53 PM ET

SK77's avatar

forsberg was a great talent and extremely grand to watch from a pure hockey perspective. you lament a great talent not being able to play to their full capability due to injuries – like a cam neely for example.

regardless of who he played for – and i say this as a wings fan – i do find it a bummer that he wasn’t able to play to his full capabilities for as long as possible.

Posted by SK77 on 08/13/10 at 09:09 PM ET

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How is it very sad?

It’s sad that a guy who still has the will, desire and mental acumen to play is unable to do so because his body is failing him.

Yes, all those things you mentioned are sad, and are sadder than Foppa’s situation, but they don’t preclude this from being sad as well.

Posted by Garth on 08/14/10 at 12:36 AM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

i hope for his sake that he is able to a couple more seasons.

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 08/14/10 at 12:54 AM ET

Oilers Rock's avatar

play*

Posted by Oilers Rock from Edmonton, Alberta on 08/14/10 at 12:55 AM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

Why does anyone who is not a FLyers or Avs fan care about Floppa? 

He’s done, toast and good riddence.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 08/16/10 at 12:55 PM ET

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