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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.

“We’re proud to announce that Peter will be back in an Avalanche sweater,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “Peter believes he can compete at the NHL level based on how his workouts went.  He will provide additional leadership to our club and he will have an impact with this young team.”

“After testing my abilities with NHL players over the last few weeks, I feel confident that I can play at the NHL level and help this team,” said Forsberg.  “I wanted to see where I was at physically and I am ready for this new challenge.”

Forsberg, 37, helped the Avalanche win two Stanley Cup championships during his 11 seasons with the franchise. He captured the 2003 Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP after leading the league with 106 points (29g/77a) in 75 games that year. The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden native also earned the Art Ross Trophy in 2003, won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1994-95, was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team on three occasions (1997-98, 1998-99 and 2002-03) and was selected to seven NHL All-Star Games.

Overall, Forsberg has tallied 885 points (249g/636a) in 706 regular season games with Quebec/Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville. He ranks 10th all-time in points-per-game (1.25) and fourth in assists-per-game (.901).  Only Wayne Gretzky (1.320), Mario Lemieux (1.129) and Bobby Orr (.982) averaged more assists per game during their NHL careers.  He also averages better than a point-per-game in the playoffs, tallying 171 points (64g/107a) in 151 postseason games.

Selected sixth overall by Philadelphia in the 1991 Entry Draft, Forsberg was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques on June 30, 1992. He currently stands fourth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 755 points (217g/538a) in 589 career games. Forsberg ranks second in franchise history in playoff scoring with 159 points (58g/101a) in 140 career postseason contests.

Forsberg has helped his native Sweden capture two Olympic gold medals, 1994 and 2006. All-in-all, he represented his country at four Olympics, five World Championships, two World Cups of Hockey and two World Junior Championships.

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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Awesome. Simply and utterly awesome. Good luck, I will keep my fingers crossed.

What the newspapers in Sweden have been saying: the foot is not better than is has been for the last couple of years, but he has tried a new trick: instead of making specially designed skates with custom soles and whatnot, he has taken out everything in his (right) skate, made a custom fit sole and taped it directly to his foot, and then wrapped it really really tight to the foot with tape(including all the padding), and the whole package then goes into the skate. Apparently that worked better than having electrodes giving shocks to his foot, which he had to turn on before every shift (which he tried, allegedly, during his stints in the SEL with MoDo).

I’m all worked upp with childish glee, perfectly set up to have my soul crushed when the inevitable happens. But my love for Forsberg will always be stronger than my common sense.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 02/06/11 at 03:25 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

He’s an embodiment of “the mind was willing, but the flesh was weak.” Clearly he’s a competitor, but his competitive years are behind him. This late season comeback #2 is kind of sad.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/06/11 at 04:59 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

He’s an embodiment of “the mind was willing, but the flesh was weak.” Clearly he’s a competitor, but his competitive years are behind him. This late season comeback #2 is kind of sad.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/06/11 at 02:59 PM ET


Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/06/11 at 07:06 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Wonder if they planned on this all along. Would explain why they’ve basically been at or even under the floor at most points this season.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/07/11 at 10:09 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

what a joke.  he’s just going to play some games, get hurt again, then retire.  again.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/07/11 at 11:46 AM ET

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