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Reports indicate Peter Forsberg wants to play for MoDo again; What about another NHL run?

Aug 2, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

foppareturn.jpgLike some reverse Groundhog Day, no hockey summer seems complete without at least a little bit of speculation on fragile forward Peter Forsberg. Consider his often-injured groin muscle/wonky foot to be his answer to a groundhog’s shadow; when you read about his relative health you know we’re in the thick of the slow season for hockey news.

While there isn’t a trace of NHL relevance mentioned in this Tweet, Kevin Allen of USA Today probably made at least a few super-optimistic hockey fans salivate with the thought of another Foppa sighting.

Peter Forsberg is practicing with MoDo and is telling Swedish press he feels good and wants to play again.

Chances are he’ll only play in Europe, but if you’re a hardcore hockey fan you probably know the drill already. Some teams – especially former comfort zones such as Philadelphia and Colorado – will be linked to the sublimely-skilled-but-injury-prone Swede at some point this season. Perhaps it will be over the summer, but typically that happens later in the year when he can sign a smaller deal or around the trade deadline when teams would rather not give up a piece for a gamble. Chances are, some fantasy hockey leagues will see a late round Forsberg pick, too.

It’s easy to make fun of the process, but why not dream a little bit? It might be harder for a young (and now up and coming) team like the Colorado Avalanche to take another risk on him, but what about a cash-strapped contender? What if the Detroit Red Wings decided to employ a different former nemesis/opposing icon and match Forsberg up with fellow often-hurt-yet-super-talented Swedes Johan Franzen and Henrik Zetterberg? They could be the Broken Bull in a China Shop Line or something.

Anyway, I wouldn’t expect Forsberg to play another NHL game, but you never know. As frustrating as his injury problems can be, he still can be an impressively productive player during the rare occasions that he suits up.

Sure, he hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season – and only for a brief time then – but he did amass 14 points in just nine games. He scored 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 23 points for MODO last season, too. While that doesn’t always translate to the “biggest” league, it shows that he’s a point per game player through and through.

Of course, the catch is that he’s great at the “point per” part and not so strong in the “actually playing games” category. I’d be a liar if I denied an interest in seeing him appear in the NHL one last time, though. Don’t bet your house on a return, but feel free to dream of Forsberg feeding your favorite players this summer. That’s what unrealistic off-season visions are all about, anyway, right?

  1. grim - Aug 2, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Isn’t he like 55 years old? How many times has he retired? Holmgren would be better off saving his cash and playing himself.

  2. AvsFan - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Colorado won’t take him again. They are staying focused on building from within and they have a couple of point per game potentials in Stastny, Duchene and Hedjuk. Better to leave the Forsberg glory days in 1994-2004. Hope you didn’t spend too much time writing this pipe dream article.

  3. Jeremy - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Give us a good price and we will take him here in C-Bus. He wont be healthy, bu maybe he can at least energize the young bloods a bit.

  4. Karl Hungus - Aug 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I guess someone needed to post a story. If you watched the Olympics, it was clear that Jagr could still play in the NHL but Forsberg could not. I’m in Flyer’s country and enjoyed watching Peter when he played for the Flyers. He was the best player on the ice in those days. Unfortunately those days are gone. I don’t think he has any intention of trying to get back into the NHL. It’s a meaningless article but it did get some comments. I guess that was the intention.

  5. John - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    He scored 30 points in 23 points for MODO last season? Why don’t you take the time to proofread James before posting? Then maybe people would take guys who babble about subjects we couldn’t care less about more seriously.

  6. Ty - Aug 5, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Maybe “John” needs to ‘smoke a little act-right’ or just start by speaking on behalf of himself. Why read something if you have no interest in it? Obviously, whether good or bad, your interest was stricken to the point of not only reading this, but it brought ‘you’ as the fuel to the fire by allotting your personal animosities to comment on this as well. Not only did your sour and angry sentence contradict itself, but given the dimensional reality of this subject, I’d advise you to think before you write. I say this … “In all fathoms of reality, who really cares what YOU think.” Also, as far as the author’s grammar goes … maybe you should ask yourself why you, or your right hand, is afraid to utilize the comma. (This is just a thought, but commas tend to make it so people don’t have to reread your sentences more than once to obtain the understanding) o.O
    -I appreciate this chance to, yet again, bash the ignorance out of the internet … one cocky bastard at a time. ^^;;
    Oh yeah… And as for Foppa, bring his ass back to Colorado so our children of the Avalanche can blossom into little Forsberg’s!

  7. Goose - Aug 5, 2010 at 11:58 PM

    allotting your personal animosities, how about allowing your personal animosities instead?
    “Don’t get cocky kid” Han Solo

  8. Fecteau - Aug 10, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Forberg, although often injured, will always be my favorite player. Early in his career, he was fearless, going into corners to fetch the puck and found a way to get it to his teammates. This unfortunately probably has something to do with his constant groin injuries somehow.
    He could score, pass, play D, a great skater, and he could hit someone better than most scoring forwards. Milan Hedjuk, although a solid player, wouldn’t have had the success in his early years without Pete on his line… Its a shame people have to talk trash about him because he seems to be not only a great player but a good person.
    Grim, you’re probably some Canadian based person pissed off that Corey Hirsch got schooled by Foppa in 94 at Lillehammer…

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