Peter Forsberg: Say It Ain't So Foppa

xx yySenior Writer IJuly 16, 2008

There was a point in time where Peter Forsberg was the most desired man in the NHL.

There was a point in time where anything Forsberg touched could turn to gold—the man was simply magic on the ice.

There was a point in time that the seven-time All Star was being called one of the best players to ever grace the offensive and defensive sides of the ice.

Now he's starting to remind me of Eric Lindros—kind of ironic that the two were once traded for each other.

For those of you who don't remember Lindros, he was the kid with all the potential in the world, but couldn't keep his head up. He's the owner of three forty goal seasons, one 100-point season, a career in which he produced at better than a point-per-game average, and an MVP trophy.

He's also the owner of a countless amount of concussions—a total which has reached such a high number because of his refusal to quit the game, and continually endanger his life.

Although Peter Forsberg isn't endangering his life, his constant battle with his foot problems has become eerily reminiscent of Lindros' head trauma.

Every season now it seems, we hear that Forsberg isn't in the physical shape to compete in the NHL—the strain it would put on his foot is just too much, and the way he plays the game doesn't help at all.

But it still doesn't stop him. He keeps trying and trying, and pushing and pushing in hopes of being able to come back.

On one hand his dedication to the game is admirable.

On the other, like Eric Lindros, the fact that he even considers a return to the NHL is insane.

Forsberg claims that he's "happy with the career he's had".

If that's the case, then maybe he should retire. Far be it from me to know what's best for him, but I can't see the sense in risking the health of your life after hockey, just to be able to play from January to April. May if he's lucky.

Is four months of hockey worth what could be a lifetime of pain? Some would say yes—but only if it's certain.

The fact that Forsberg is an unrestricted free agent brings about the question of uncertainty; that is to say is he certain that any team out there wants him?

The same question was asked late last season when Forsberg announced he would field offers from NHL clubs—a surprise move as it seemed Forsberg was set to take at least a year off—and it was thought that at least 8-10 teams had interest.

If he returns this season, there could be some interested parties—Forsberg did have 14 points in nine games last season proving that he still had the talent—but one has to wonder if there will be any teams willing to take a chance on a man who may not be able to even guarantee you fifteen games.

Take your walking papers while you still can Peter. You gave us fourteen great years and so many memories; now it's time to think of your health, your family, and yourself.

Bryan Thiel is an NHL Community Leader for Bleacher Report and a Senior Writer. You can get in contact with him through his profile, and you can also read his previous work in his archives.