For the Colorado Avalanche, when it rains it pours. Per the Avalanche website, not even two weeks into yet another comeback Colorado Avalanche veteran winger Peter Forsberg will announce his retirement from the NHL.
The Kansas song Dust in the Wind comes to mind here.
With the two games that he played, he seemed a step slow, but considering that he had not played since 2008 that would be expected. He is also 37 and has had surgery on his foot/ankle too many times to count. During his brief return to the Avalanche, he showed competent puck handling and skating skills.
With the avalanche in the midst of a season and franchise-long seven-game losing streak this couldn't come at a worse time for a team in desperate need of veteran leadership.
What does this mean for the Avalanche here on out? We are seeing the Avalanche, a once proud organization, in full decline. Last year there was promise. A surprise playoff run was a big improvement from the previous season. This year, the Avalanche have regressed into that team that was unable to make the playoffs in the 2008-2009 season.
The front office is partly to blame with this. They have taken an approach to rebuild the team from the draft and from the minor league affiliates. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the team is using an approach that isn't showing improved results. It's also beneficial to the organization in one way—it's a thrifty way to rebuild.
If the Avalanche are going to improve they must either go out and make a and trade for a veteran player before the deadline on Feb. 28 or they must get involved in the free-agent market this year.
Update from the Press Conference:
Peter Forsberg is in the middle of the press conference. He has indeed stated he is retiring.
Per Peter he has had 25 surgeries, he did not specify whether or not that it was on the same foot or for the same problem. He stated that he started skating in December and thought that he would "give it a shot. He also stated that he had been dealing with the foot issues since the 2003 season.
He decided to retire because in his words he "would not put his health at risk anymore."
He stated that the foot does not hurt, but would not work with the skates that he had.
He wanted to thank Pierre Lacroix and the fans in Denver and around the world for their support.
He said that he stated that he started to feel the foot giving him problems in the first game, and by the second he stated it was getting worse.
Peter stated that he has "Played my last and Final Game."
From the entire Avalanche Community we would like to wish Peter all the best in the future.
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