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A bump in the road for the Peter Forsberg comeback

Feb 2, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Peter Forsberg AP

Peter Forsberg’s attempted comeback with the Colorado Avalanche has been going well. He’s been working vigorously in order to try and earn a new contract with his original NHL team where he carved out his legacy as one of the fiercest power forwards in the NHL. Until today, there was every reason to believe that Forsberg would eventually get a contract offer from the Avs and make what would perhaps be his last stand in the NHL.

Today, however, things may have taken a downward turn in his efforts. Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports that while Forsberg may not be injured, it’s clear that his perpetually injured right foot that’s plagued his career is causing him problems yet again.

Peter Forsberg resumed practicing with the Avalanche today, and while the hockey star made it through and said he will continue, there seemed to be some discouraging signs about his latest comeback attempt.

Forsberg, 37, spent moments of the rugged practice on the bench attending to his skates, and engaged in at least two conversations with Avalanche trainers. Afterward, Forsberg said he will continue practicing, but anticipates making a decision soon on whether to stay and possibly sign a contract or not.

With a decision coming in the near future, whether or not we’ll get to see Forsberg back in an NHL game or not will be known, but by judging from Dater’s quotes from Forsberg today and his own take on what he saw in practice today, you have to think that this story is going to come to a quiet end and turn out the way we’ve been expecting it to: With Forsberg being unable to play again in the NHL.

It’s sad to see a once great superstar like this continually deny their own health and the reality of the situation at hand, but sometimes a player just needs to do it for themselves to prove whether or not it can be done. While Dater expresses that anything is possible with Forsberg, the truth is it doesn’t look good at all and this last hurrah for Forsberg very well might be it for good.

  1. polegojim - Feb 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Totally agree Joe. Peter – hang them up with respect. This saga is old, tired, and getting sadder.

  2. Brian - Feb 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    are we surprised?

  3. stevebp2010 - Feb 8, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Hey fellas, Peter is a competitor and will do what it takes to make it happen. A part of it is the money, and with that, Peter has to decide if $1M is a number he will accept to play injured. Any competitive person will play injured for that amount of money. I believe he will. Do we know why he came all the way back to Colorado to see if he can play? My guess it is the money. Maybe, just maybe, he will spark these young guys into a higher level of play.

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