Peter Forsberg Returns To NHL To Help Colorado Avalanche Push For Playoffs

Nico GodaContributor IFebruary 6, 2011

Forsberg signs with Avalanche
Forsberg signs with AvalancheJustin Edmonds/Getty Images

Seven-time NHL All-Star center Peter Forsberg has decided he will play for the Colorado Avalanche this season.

Forsberg has been skating with the Avalanche since January 22nd.  It was announced today that Forsberg will sign a contract with the Avalanche and travel with them on their week-long road trip, but will not play against the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow.

Forsberg has not played since 2008 where he played with the Avalanche for nine regular season games, picking up 14 points.  During the playoffs, Forsberg scored five points in seven games.

After an early morning skate, Forsberg decided his foot was feeling good enough to start another NHL comeback attempt.  Details of the contract are yet to be released.

The Avalanche are on a three-game losing streak, so the signing of Forsberg could produce both a moral boost and some veteran leadership that the team has been lacking.

The Avalanche are in 12th place in the Western Conference with 56 points, four points behind the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings.

Forsberg played some of last season with Modo in Sweden, and played for the Swedish national team in the 2010 Winter Olympics, where he scored one point in four games.