NHL Free Agency: Is Peter Forsberg Planning an NHL Comeback?

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NHL Free Agency: Is Peter Forsberg Planning an NHL Comeback?
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Kevin Allen, a hockey writer for USA Today, tweeted that former Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers great Peter Forsberg is practicing with his Swedish team, MODO, and has told Swedish press that he feels good and would like to play again.

Allen didn’t specify where Forsberg plans on playing, but it was reported in June that the Flyers offered Forsberg a contract in March, but he declined because of his fear that injuries would limit his ability to contribute.

Forsberg, a five time NHL All-Star and two time Stanley Cup champion, stands as one of the game’s elite playmaking forwards in league history. Foppa currently sits ninth all-time in career points per game (1.254) and fourth in career assists per game (0.901).

In his 13-year NHL career, Forsberg has scored 249 goals, 636 assists for 885 points in 706 regular season games with the Avalanche, Flyers and Nashville Predators. The 37-year-old performed even better in the playoffs, scoring 171 points in 151 career postseason games.

A former Hart Memorial Trophy winner, Forsberg will always be remembered as one of the most injury prone players in his era while also being considered one of the best of his time. Foppa developed several severe injuries, mainly to his feet and groin.

An interesting fact: Forsberg has missed an entire regular season and has played in less than 90 percent of regular season games in seven other seasons.

 

Forsberg only played in 23 games this past season due to his recurring foot injury while playing in the Swedish Elite League in which he scored 11 goals and 19 assists. While playing for Team Sweden in the Olympics, Forsberg registered on assist in four games.

If Forsberg wants to play in the NHL again, it’s easy to speculate on the teams he would be willing to go to—the Flyers and the Avalanche.

At this stage in his career, he would like to have another run at a championship, but at the same time, he’d rather go to a team he’s familiar with.

That begs the question, will the Orange ‘n’ Black be in the running for Forsberg should he want to play in the NHL?

I can only speculate that the Flyers will do whatever they can do to sign Forsberg if he decides to make another comeback because when do you have a chance to add one of the game’s all-time best players, albeit past his prime, to a team that lost in the Stanley Cup the previous campaign?

Forsberg hasn’t played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season when he suited up for nine regular season games with Colorado, where he registered one goal and 13 assists with a plus-seven rating—that’s 1.5 points per game.

With Foppa, it’s not a question whether he can still play; I think he can come in and help a team win, but it all depends if his feet can hold up through a span of an NHL season.

 

Forsberg has a congenital issue that causes the ligaments connecting his feet to his ankle to be too lax and loose. (Source ).

Given Philadelphia’s interest this past season, if Forsberg decides to attempt a comeback, the Flyers will almost certainly entertain the idea of bringing back Foppa for another Stanley Cup run.

Visit the Broad Street Scoop for more Philadelphia Flyers coverage. Follow Tom on Twitter: @Tom_Dougherty. E-mail him at: todougherty@gmail.com

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