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Forsberg And The HHOF

Adrain Dater of the Denver Post responds to some emails,

I do not doubt for a second that Peter Forsberg will end up in the Hockey hall of fame. But do you think that, when he becomes eligible in 2014, he will be a first-ballot guy? What
with all the politics and weirdness of who gets in (Adam Oates out, Joe Nieuwendyk in?). And why do people say that Brendan Shanahan is a lock for next year? (There is only ONE lock in 2012!) Shanahan was very good, but never great and never won any trophies! Eric Lindros, in my book, was way better.

Joachim, I’ll disagree with you on Shanny-Lindros. Lindros was a great player, but for far too short a time. Just hurt way too often. Shanahan was always money for 30-50 goals, for a long time. He had one of the great one-timers in league history. He played a power game, yet could beat you with some skill and he was tough as they came.

As for Foppa, I doubt he gets in on the first ballot. He’s going to face some of the same criticisms as Lindros did - hurt too much, wasn’t great for a long enough period. But he’ll get in.

Don’t forget, international play matters in Hockey Hall of Fame selection. Foppa won two gold medals, along with two Stanley Cups. He’ll get in.

more Colorado Q & A…

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“I Always Tried To Play With Compassion And Energy”- Peter Forsberg

Watch below the 10 minute video of the Forsberg retirement ceremonies.

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Forsberg-The Ultimate Warrior

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

Colorado will retire Peter Forsberg’s #21 tonight as the Avalanche open their season against the Detroit Red Wings.

When mostly healthy he became a regular 90+ point guy, but health was not a friend to Mr. Forsberg. Few players paid the physical price that Forsberg has. His thick doctor’s file includes a ruptured spleen, serious groin and abdomen pulls, a bad shoulder, and nagging ankle surgeries that over time made it basically impossible for him to skate.

Despite playing in pain for most of a decade Forsberg never backed down as hockey’s ultimate warrior.

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Forsberg Retiring

note: original post time was 11:49am, Watch the Forsberg press conference below (2nd video).  It is scheduled to begin at 4:30pm ET.

added 4:55pm, Forsberg now answering questions in Swedish, so now the analysts are breaking down the conference.

via a Colorado Avalanche press release,

Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg will hold a press conference today (Monday, February 14) at 2:30 p.m MT. at Pepsi Center.

At that time, he will announce his retirement from the game of hockey.

added 12:16pm,

Forsberg talked with NHL On the Fly after his first game.  Watch it below…

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Forsberg Returns

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

After nearly three years since playing his last NHL game, Peter Forsberg will be back in the lineup tonight for the Avalanche.

Forsberg will skate at left wing on a line with Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk in tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I’m excited — and nervous,” Forsberg said, after taking part in the morning skate with teammates at Nationwide Arena. “I don’t know how it’s going to go, but I’m going to be skating with two great players, so hopefully they can help me out a little bit out there.”

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Afternoon Line

The stage is set for Cinderella, as the youthful Avs have fallen on hard times and fallen out of the Western Conference playoff bracket (1-5-0 in their past six games). They have been outscored 27-11 over that period and rank 29th in goals allowed per game. Forsberg doesn’t play goal, so he won’t help in that regard, but his leadership in a room that seems to have come unglued cannot be underestimated. If Forsberg can still play, that is.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN on the return of Peter Forsberg to the Colorado Avalanche.  More plus other hockey topics.

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Forsberg Signing With Avalanche

via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Peter Forsberg’s answer is yes.

Forsberg, the longtime Avalanche star, has decided to play for the Avs and is expected to sign a contract today and travel with the team to Phoenix.

Forsberg took part in today’s practice with the team, then announced he will play with the team. He is not expected to play tomorrow in Phoenix, however.

added 1:27pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Peter Forsberg for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.  The former Hart Trophy winner has decided to try an NHL comeback after practicing with the Avalanche since Jan. 22.  He is expected to join the team and be available to play at some point on their upcoming road trip.

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Forsberg = Favre?

from Jason Brough of Olrand KurtenBlog,

Let’s get back to the article in question, which starts out by saying how the NFL is more popular than the NHL. And I have no problem with that - the NFL is more popular than the NHL

But then comes this part:

North American hockey has many reasons to look up to its pigskin counterpart, but something the league doesn’t need is a joke similar to the one a certain crocs-wearing quarterback has unleashed offseason after offseason in the NFL.

The league is close to having its own Brett Favre in the form of 37-year-old Peter Forsberg, a massively talented player that could be remembered as one of the all-time greats but refuses to acknowledge his days of skating with the big boys are over.

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Afternoon Line

“If I had to make a decision today, it wouldn’t be that positive, because (the pace of play) was quick.  I’ve just got to keep skating for the next couple of days, and then make a decision very quick.  I’ve just got to keep on working. It’s hard to make a decision after just three (full) practices. I’ve got to keep on skating and see how close I can get.”

-Peter Forsberg, who has been practicing with the Colorado Avalanche.  More from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Do You Wan To See Forsberg Back In The NHL?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Like a lot of you out there, I’m torn. A big part of me wants to see Peter Forsberg come back and play again for the Avalanche. Another side of me doesn’t want him to end up looking like Johnny Unitas in a San Diego Chargers uniform.

Forsberg, in case you hadn’t heard, is attempting a comeback to the NHL at age 37. Matt Duchene, who played in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, was 4 years old when Forsberg first came into the league.

Americans are suckers for a good comeback story, and it’s no different with me. And on paper, this one isn’t some far-out fantasy like, say, Jim Palmer trying to pitch again with Baltimore at age 46 or Mark Spitz trying to come back and dominate swimming 17 years after winning seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics.

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Would You Trade A First Round Pick & Maybe More For Forsberg?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What about this scenario: The Avs sign Foppa, he plays, and plays well. But the Avs don’t win enough games. They fall out of playoff contention.

Solution?

DEAL FOPPA AT THE DEADLINE! -We know he’s not going to want to play here if the Avs are out of the playoff picture in another month (the NHL trade deadline is Feb. 28). The Avs aren’t going to care who’s in their lineup if they’re 10 points out of a spot by then (it could happen, the way they’re playing).

So why not deal Foppa to a contender (it won’t be Detroit, don’t worry. Forsberg has told close friends and relatives he’d never play for the Red Wings. The rivalry still lives, people).

You get a first-round pick and/or maybe more for him.

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Forsberg On the Ice

That’s Dater breathing heavily into the mic.

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Forsberg Begins Practicing With The Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Peter Forsberg will practice with the team beginning tomorrow.

“I need to see where I am physically and practicing with NHL players is the best way to find that out,” said Forsberg.

Forsberg will begin skating with Avalanche players tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. at Pepsi Center.  He will be made available to the media following his on-ice session.

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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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Remembering The Forsberg To Nashville Trade

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“It was a tough deal to make at the time; obviously we were trading away Peter Forsberg,” Holmgren told NHL.com this week.  But it was a deal that had to be made considering the bounty that was offered.

The Feb. 12 deal sent Forsberg to a Nashville team desperate to make some noise in the playoffs that postseason. Nashville GM David Poile pulled the trigger—sending Scottie Upshall (a first-round pick), Ryan Parent (another first-round pick) and first- and third-round picks in that spring’s Entry Draft to Philadelphia for Forsberg—because he believed his franchise needed the pop of a long playoff run to generate fan interest.

“Arguably, has there ever been a better player traded at the trade deadline than Peter Forsberg?” Poile asked at the time. “My answer to that is probably not, and the price we paid was very high. We did it because we believed it was a necessary ingredient to give us that much better a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we were comfortable with doing that.”

Things did not work out for the Predators, who lost to the San Jose Sharks in the first round.

But the deal has come up roses for the Flyers.

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Forsberg Knows He Is At The End Of His Career

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

“I always want to play better,” Forsberg said after Sweden’s white-knuckle 4-2 victory over Belarus yesterday. “I’m 36. I don’t think it’s going to get much better. To be honest, I’d rather be in my prime than like this.”

There was resignation in his voice as well as his piercing blue eyes. For the last couple years, since he withdrew from NHL competition because of a chronic foot problem, there are periodic reports that Forsberg might return. He is hockey’s Sasquatch, Loch Ness monster and D.B. Cooper all rolled into one.

“I would say [he’s been asked] at least 100 times,” Forsberg said, and that has to be a conservative estimate. “I tried to come back in Colorado, but I wasn’t playing at the level I want.”

Guess what? Forget it. Forsberg said he will finish the season with the Swedish League team he plays with, but that will likely be it for his stellar career.

Indeed, when he looks back with the benefit of hindsight, he can see that his efforts to play with the foot injury were futile.

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Forsberg Lured By Gold

from Reuters,

It was the lure of more Olympic gold that prompted Forsberg to attempt a comeback and earn a place on the Swedish national team he has led for almost two decades.

“It’s definitely great to be back playing against the best players in the world,” a smiling Forsberg told reporters after Sweden opened the defense of its title on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Germany. “I feel ok, it’s a work in progress.

“I played in the Swedish league, maybe 20 games this year and I’m scoring better-and-better every game.

“But at this stage of my career I don’t think I’m ever going to be really healthy again so I’m just going to do my best and see how it goes.

“I don’t know what I’m doing here but I’m still battling. Anytime you get the chance to play in an Olympics it’s the best thing you can do.”

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Evening Line

“I’m pretty thrilled to be here and be able to be part of this team.  It’s been a little rocky journey the last couple of years. I’m not 100 per cent sure if I’m going to be great in this tournament or not, but I’m just going to go out and do my best. If I get placed on the third or fourth line it doesn’t matter.

“As long as I’m here, I’m going to do the best for my team and the country.’‘

-Team Sweden’s Peter Forsberg.  More on Forsberg and Team Sweden from Chris Johnston of the CP at CTVOlympics.

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Forsberg Hurting Again

from TSN,

Peter Forsberg’s Olympic participation may be in jeopardy.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion, who was named to the Swedish Olympic team last month suffered a setback this week in his rehab for injured ribs.

Forsberg, who has been playing for Modo of the Swedish Elite League, was expected to make a comeback on Thursday against Farjestad, however he left the ice half-way through Wednesday’s training session.

The team issued a statement saying that the 2003 Hart Trophy winner will not be playing this week or next.

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Afternoon Line

We all know about Forsberg’s long and distinguished career, but at this point in time, the last thing the Rangers need is a washed-up Swede trying to make a big buck with one last swing around the NHL.

-Stan Fischler at Game On.

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Report- Forsberg Staying In Europe

via Sportsnet,

Former Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg informed Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis that he will remain in Sweden this season and not attempt another comeback in the NHL.

Gillis confirmed the news after speaking with Forsberg on Monday morning. On February 25, 2008, Forsberg signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for the remainder of the season, but played in just nine games due to a groin injury.

Forsberg will play the remainder of the season in Sweden with league club MoDo.

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Markus Naslund Believes Forsberg Will Play (Somewhere) This Year

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Markus Naslund believes his long-time friend Peter Forsberg will continue his hockey career this season and should play for their hometown club in Sweden, Modo….

“There is definitely a chance that he might stay here and, in my opinion, it might be better for him,” Naslund said in a phone interview on Friday. “He could play regularly — there are less games here and that would mean less wear and tear on him than in the NHL.”

Naslund has no doubt that Forsberg, who is attempting a comeback after a chronic foot problem, will continue playing this season because he dearly wants to suit up for Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics. It’s now a matter of where, in Sweden or the NHL. The Canucks, Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche and Bruins are among the teams believed to be interested in signing the unrestricted free agent.

“I personally think he’s not going to retire,” Naslund said. “I feel he will play somewhere this year. But who knows where he is going to play.

“He’s still working on figuring everything out. He wants to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit before he can commit to anything. I know he’s getting closer to making his decision, but I honestly don’t know which way he’s leaning.”

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Chicago Is A Forsberg Type Team

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog,

I don’t know how much money the Hawks have under the salary cap, nor do I know whether general manager Stan Bowman wants to do the seemingly annual Forsberg fox trot, but it’s at least worth discussing for this team right now….

Perhaps the Hawks aren’t interested in the risk of an oft-injured player, but I believe they are a team Forsberg would like to consider because they have a familiar face behind the bench and play an Avalanche-type uptempo style, and they are a contender. That’s an important factor. Forsberg isn’t going to come back to play for Carolina or Toronto.

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Forseberg- Clear Waivers Or Not

Even if Peter Forsberg plays in the Karjala Cup as he plans to and then decides to sign with a team in the NHL, there will be no waiver requirements on him per Bill Daly who was kind enough to respond to an email inquiry from me.

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Rangers Interested In Forsberg

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are among the handful of NHL teams watching Peter Forsberg very closely when the 36-year-old free-agent center tests his chronically injured right foot in the Karjala Cup tournament that opens today in Sweden and will conclude over the weekend in Finland, The Post has learned.

“Yes, we have interest in Forsberg,” GM Glen Sather said. “From the reports we’ve been getting, the foot is much better than it was a year ago.

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According ot Lyle Richardson and George Malik, Forsberg would have to clear NHL waivers in order to sign with an NHL team.  Something to keep in mind if it gets to that point.

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Where Will Forsberg Play?

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Russian news outlets reported on Tuesday that Peter Forsberg, the 36-year-old Swedish superstar, was on the verge of signing with the K.H.L. champions Ak Bars Kazan, adding to the intrigue over which club in which country Forsberg would land as he continues his comeback from chronic foot and ankle problems.

And Forsberg’s own comments on Tuesday, in which he dodged questions on where he would resume his pro career, added fuel to speculation that he would not be returning to the N.H.L., as had been widely speculated in North America.

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We Knew That

via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

There’s been some chatter on the internet hinting that the Red Wings were among the teams in Sweden this week to scout Peter Forsberg, who is healthy again and competing in the Karjala Cup tournament.

The Wings may very well be scouting that tournament, but I just exchanged emails with Ken Holland and he very clearly said the team had no interest in Forsberg.

Chris, I know you are new on the beat this season so a little bit of advice.  The internet hinting comes from a guy who just wants hits on his website.  Case closed.

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Destination Unkown For Forsberg

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Peter Forsberg is slated to play his third game for Modo in the Swedish League on Monday, but it may be his last one with them. That’s because any player who plays a game in Europe past the start of the NHL’s regular season must then clear waivers if he wishes to return to the NHL. Forsberg, who had yet another foot surgery in May, has no clue at this point whether or not he’ll attempt an NHL comeback, but he might as well keep the option open for now.

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Let The Forsberg Talk Begin

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Old friend Mats Wennerholm from the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet gave this account, with quotes from Foppa:

“I watched Foppa play tonight.He assisted on Modo’s first goal and made the game winning goal in sudden deathI haven´t seen him better in five years.

He was dominating the game and even had a brawl with ex-Shark Marcus Ragnarsson.

All the experts here in Sweden were stunned. The old Foppa was back….”

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Forsberg The Great

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In Other News

per TSN,,,  Peter Forsberg is in Denver to announce his retirement tonight.

added 1:58pm, TSN just said not true and Tapeleg in the comments confirms.

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No NHL This Season For Forsberg

Peter Forsberg says if he plays this season, it will be in Sweden this year.

Read about in an AP story via Sports Illustrated.

Sportbladet in Sweden has a story too and here is a google translation.

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Flyers Need To Stay Away From Forsberg

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

It is difficult to gauge how much a healthy Forsberg would command on the open market, but since the Colorado Avalanche paid him $1.1 million last season for 42 days, it’s a safe bet the Flyers could get him for about the same price.

Which begs these three questions: Why? Why? Why?

In his prime, Forsberg was an absolute force capable of winning playoff series by himself. But that was 10 years ago, before he signed with the Flyers in 2005 and began a three-year injury odyssey that included abbreviated stops in Nashville and Colorado, along with countless trips to foot surgeons and skate manufacturers.

Since having his foot surgically reconstructed in the summer of 2006, Forsberg has played in 66 NHL games in 2 1/2 seasons. After signing with the Avalanche late last season, he played in only nine of their 18 games and missed three more playoff games….

But does anyone really believe Forsberg will be anything more than a distraction on a team that has its best chemistry in years?

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Here We Go Again

via the Denver Post,

The oft-injured former Avalanche star has committed to making another attempt to play in the NHL and, like last season, hopes to be with a team by the NHL playoffs. If Forsberg, 35, can play, it would likely be with the Avalanche.

“I want to play. I hate sitting in the stands and not be able to be out there on the ice,” Forsberg told the Swedish television program “Hockeynight” on Monday. “If it doesn’t work this time, I’ll call it quits. But I have the best doctor in the world (Bertil Romanus), and without him I would have given up already. I’m still hopeful.”

Forsberg revealed he wore electrodes on his troublesome right foot for some games with the Avs after his late-season return.

“(I had) a battery package hidden in my pants. When I turned it on, the foot straightened in the skates. It was kind of funny,” Forsberg said.

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Foppa Wanted In Russia

from David Staple at the Cult of Hockey,

And so it begins, the endless speculation on where Peter Forsberg will play if and when he plays this season. 

Ak-Bars Kazan has started talks with Forsberg’s swedish representatives, in an attempt to get the Tre Kronor artist to join the new Russian Continental Hockey League team, reports Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert.

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Forsberg Update- Maybe, Maybe Not

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Talking to some of my Swedish buds, there is growing optimism that Peter Forsberg will be able to play this season - and maybe sooner than the Christmas-at-the-earliest previous scenario.
As Foppa himself would say, though, “we’ll see.” But the people I’ve talked to say his foot is doing better than expected, and that he’s itching to continue his career.

more on the Avs…

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Forsberg Still Trying To Resolve Foot Issues

via Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

“Peter still has this foot issue,” Don Baizley, Forsberg’s agent, said Wednesday. “He has to have that resolved before anything is going to develop on that front. There’s nothing new on that score at the moment.

“Peter has done some skating and he wants to play, but only if the foot is right.”

 

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For The Love Of Foppa

from the Casper Star-Tribune,

She had a passion for Peter Forsberg.

That would be hockey player Peter Mattias Forsberg, who spent most of his professional career with the Colorado Avalanche.

When the lady found out sports memorabilia dealers Kim and Tim Attaway had a photo for sale autographed by said Mr. Forsberg, she was overcome.

“She got down on her knees, and we thought she was really having a heart attack,” Kim says. “We were very frightened. We were thinking about calling 911 because she was grabbing her chest and she was screaming and she fell on the floor.”

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Let The Rumors Begin

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

This was just a casual skate-around, but Foppa is slated to play in a charity game with a Swedish team named the Icebreakers this week. And, it makes me wonder how bad his foot problems are at the moment, if he’s doing this stuff.

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Keeping An Eye On Foppa

via the Rocky Mountain News,

THE SEEN: Hockey hunk Peter Forsberg and Janet Elway (not together) at the Sting concert at Red Rocks on Tuesday.

Yes, hockey news is hard to find today!

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Forsberg Months Away From Playing

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

If you’re an Avalanche fan still holding out hope Peter Forsberg will play again this coming season, don’t even think about it until at least Christmas.

After consulting with more doctors about his troubled right foot in his native Sweden, Forsberg was told he would need several months of rehabilitation if he wanted to have hope of playing again, a source close to the Avs star said.

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added 8:22pm, from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

According to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Forsberg has a muscle problem in his right foot that has been the root of his health troubles in recent seasons, and he will need several months of rehabilitation for a chance to salvage his career….

A muscle on one side of Forsberg’s foot doesn’t work normally because a muscle on the other side has caused an imbalance. Forsberg told the paper that he can walk and even run without a problem but has trouble when he puts on a skate.

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Reminiscing with Adam Deadmarsh

From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post,

Christa [Deadmarsh] was telling me that Peter Forsberg recently paid a visit to their house. Forsberg and Deadmarsh were inseperable in their playing days with the Avs, always competing against one another in some kind of game.

Their latest grudge match involves golf, where the winner of a round gets a green jacket to wear and lord over the other. I guess Peter won by one stroke in their latest match, shooting an 80. When he got back to Sweden, he texted Deadmarsh asking what the temperature was in Idaho that day - “80 perhaps?”

The two reminisced some over their playing days, particularly the Kings-Avs playoff series of 2001. Christa and Adam joked to Peter that if only his spleen had burst a couple games earlier, the Kings would have had a better chance.

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Foppa Talk

from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

After playing nine of a possible 19 games during the regular season, Forsberg sat out for the third time in 10 playoff games Thursday night as the Avalanche was eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings.

Groin problems prevented Forsberg from being on the ice in the finale, but he said a chronically sore foot was the root of the problem.

“I’d like to continue to play, but it’s getting to a point where if it’s like this, I go out on the ice and I pull groins,” he said. “It’s tough to play like that and not play at your best.”

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

He was the greatest player I ever saw in person, in his prime. I never got to see Gretz or Bobby Orr in person play in their prime, but I did with Foppa, and he was the best I ever saw.

Shaking hands with him tonight, it definitely felt it was for the last time. For a second, I thought I might even choke up. Listen, I’m objective about things with the Avs, but after you’ve known and covered a guy most of the last 13 years, you’re human and to me he was just Peter, a guy I’ve spent a large portion of my life around in those years.

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I guess Forsberg got his wish too, remember him saying he didn’t want to play in Detroit?  Well, he didn’t!

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Afternoon Line

Noted by Rick Sadowski in the Rocky Mountain News:

Red Wings forward Darren McCarty is convinced Forsberg will play.

“I’m pretty sure, unless Forsberg’s leg’s going to fall off, he’ll probably be in there for Game 3,” McCarty said. “They’re a veteran team. They’re well-coached and they’ve got guys that have been in different situations like this before. It’s not like they’re a young team.”

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The Foppa Saga

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

He entered the zone of diminished returns.

There is no turning back.

Forsberg has become more trouble than he is worth. His unreliability is demoralizing.

It raised eyebrows when he was in and out of the lineup down the stretch of the regular season after signing with Colorado on Feb. 25.

This raises doubts.

At this time of year, in the most relentlessly testing of professional sports’ postseasons, any skepticism — even subconscious — about a teammate’s resolve is a major problem.

read on

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Roller-Coaster Ride With Foppa

from All Things Avs,

This is the bargain Francois Giguere made with the devil when he re-signed Peter Forsberg, all right. When Foppa is in the lineup, all is right with the world. You think he’s finally turning the corner on his health and things will stay good for a while and then - pow - right in the stomach comes the next injury.

In the Avs’ case, it came right before Game 1 tonight, and although the Avs tried to put on brave game faces and act like nothing had happened, you could tell it killed them. And this, as I’ve said before, is the problem with having Forsberg around….

I don’t anticipate Forsberg back for Game 2, and if the Avs lose again as I anticipate partly because of that, they’re done, even if Foppa comes back for Game 3.

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Groin Problem Sidelines Forsberg

via All Things Avs,

Another out of the blue groin pull for Foppa. Won’t play tonight.

Unbelievable. There’s always something. What a blow to the Avalanche that is.

Total series killer. Wings in four or five now.

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Avs Get A Bargain

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

When he rejoined the Avalanche on Feb. 25, Forsberg signed a one-year, $5 million contract, with the pro-rated share actually only $1 mil.

It could turn out to be the deal of the century.

In the 16 regular and postseason games he’s played, the Splendid Swede has provided the Avs with 17 assists and two goals.

Against Minnesota, he had four assists and a goal, despite being a constant target for the Wild.

“I’m actually feeling better (physically) than I thought I would at the end of the series. There were a couple of real physical games in Minnesota, but these last two weren’t as physical. I feel good. I didn’t think I had that great of a series, but maybe I’ll do better.

“I think being the first team to (advance) in the Western Conference is a positive for us. If you’re going to play a lot of games, you want as much rest as you can get, and we’ll have a few days before we play again.”

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Forsberg Takes Avalanche Back in Time

From John Branch at the New York Times (Wednesday edition),

“I wish I had played 40 games instead of 9, but that’s just the way it is,” Forsberg said in the locker room Sunday. “On the other hand, I should be pretty rested coming into the playoffs.”

Ploy or not, fans have found themselves attracted, again, to Forsberg’s rare blend of grit and artistry. He played his first nine N.H.L. seasons with the franchise, helping lead it to Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001. His vaunted place in local lore was cemented when, during the 2001 playoffs, he had his ruptured spleen removed after helping the Avalanche clinch a spot in the conference finals.

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Get Used To It

from All Things Avs,

I’m officially throwing in the towel when it comes to trying to make sense of anything to do with Peter Forsberg. Really, I give up.
I will never, ever, write anything other than Forsberg is “questionable” to play a game. His latest absence is just another train wreck of head-scratching misinformation/mysteriousness.

I should have known better than to swallow the Avs’ company line - again - yesterday, when I wrote what they said, that he was “likely” to play today in Minnesota. Forsberg did not play today, with yet another alleged “groin” injury.

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