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Peter Forsberg returning to Denver for reunion, doubtful about resuming NHL career

Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

peterforsberg2.jpgWe’ve had some fun at the expense of former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg this summer. The perennial awakening of stories about a potential Forsberg comeback to the NHL are always ripe for commentary. It seems that Forsberg at 37 years-old now is being realistic about his NHL future these days.

While speaking on a conference call to discuss his upcoming appearance at the 15th anniversary reunion of the first Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup team, Forsberg addressed his current physical state and whether or not one more try at the NHL is in his future.

If he has any qualms with his career, it’s that he couldn’t get that surgically repaired foot quite right and remain playing at the level to which he grew accustomed.

“I was battling that problem for so long,” Forsberg said. “I’m so happy that I got to win a lot of things when I was younger. It would be hard if I didn’t get to win the Cup and I was chasing it.

“Of course, I’m sour that if (retirement) happens, I didn’t get to quit on my own terms,” he added. “But I can’t go around thinking I had a bad life. It’s been a good hockey life for me anyway.”

At this point I think we can call for a moratorium on any and all stories about Peter Forsberg and whether or not he wants to come back to the NHL. He hasn’t been in the NHL since 2007-2008, he’s been playing on and off in Sweden since then and still hasn’t been able to stay healthy.

Unless Forsberg gets a bionic foot, a stem cell infusion or becomes a full-blown cyborg, the chances of him returning to the NHL are really slim. It’s a shame that a once great player has his legacy somewhat Brett Favre’d like this, but at the same time it’s a credit to his popularity both in Denver and in Sweden.

  1. Alex - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    I don’t think it’s fair to say he “Brett Favre’d it.” Forsberg clearly wants to play, but injury prevents that. Favre is just indecisive every year, or at least that’s what he wants us to think.

  2. PolegoJim - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Peter the Great – Denver welcomes you back for a reunion. Enjoy, but leave the skates hung up.
    No more ‘Peter’s back’ drama only to crash after game 4 and cause even more.
    Thanks for the memories, let’s leave them at that.

  3. AdamO - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    It is a pity one of the great talents fell short because of injury. I find absolutely no similarity between him and Brett Favre. Favre has never been out with an injury – he just can’t decide when to quit.

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