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by Paul on 01/27/07 at 11:35 PM ET
from the Detroit Free Press (Sunday edition) via the Mercury News,
“We’re looking for forwards,” Holland said. “I like our skill and our depth on defense; I like our skill and depth in goal. I’d like to be a little deeper up front. We would like a little more physical presence in the lineup. I’m hoping at the deadline to add a player or two to get more depth.”
Unless the Wings experience significant injuries over the coming month, which would affect the $44-million cap, they will be able to take on nearly $8 million in face-value contracts. That means there’d be room for Forsberg’s pro-rated $5.75-million contract, plus an additional player.
“A lot of teams would be happy to get him and we’re one of them,” Lidstrom said. “We all know what kind of player he is so he would add a lot to our lineup.”
It doesn’t appear that today’s game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche will be a clash between Peter Forsberg’s former and future clubs.
Unless someone can convince the Red Wings that Forsberg’s surgically repaired right ankle can improve significantly over the next 30 days and he’ll be able to slip on his skate with no discomfort.
added 1/28/07 at 9:24am, from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
It would be right up there with seeing Baltimore Colts great Johnny Unitas in a San Diego Chargers jersey, or famed Bruins legend Bobby Orr in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform. Peter Forsberg in a Detroit Red Wings sweater would look odd, all right. To Avalanche fans, it would be downright ugly, probably unbearable.
But there are some in NHL insider circles who believe it might just happen.
“I think Detroit is the front-runner to get Forsberg,” said NBC and TSN of Canada hockey analyst Pierre Mc- Guire. “I think (Detroit general manager) Kenny Holland is going to offer a player and a first-round pick for him.”
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