Morning Papers take: Forsberg’s return?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Morning Papers take on October 31, 2009 — 2 Comments

As Dave linked in the Morning Papers, there is once again talk of a Peter Forsberg comeback to the NHL.

Here is an excerpt from the papers:

Which is why the Flyers are dispatching European scout Ilkka Sinisalo to watch Forsberg.

And why not? With Simon Gagne’s health up in the air, Danny Briere’s groin a minor concern that could possibly become major, and the rest of the offense sputtering, the Flyers could use an offensive infusion that a healthy Forsberg could supply.

No one doubted he was a great player. No one doubted his toughness, or his skill. What they doubted was his health, and rightfully so. Forsberg is notoriously fragile.

Read the entire article here.

I think this is great for hockey.  I realize that people have become sick of the Peter Forsberg news in hockey, just as people became sick of the Brett Favre news in football, but who are we to criticize these players for wanting to keep on playing the sports they love?  I mean, Forsberg, even when he returned two years ago, was the Avalanche’s best player.  To be honest, it wasn’t even that close.  The key with Forsberg is that he is a passer first and foremost.  Generally, scorers who rely on speed tend to slow down and have trouble adjusting when they become older.  With Forsberg’s vision and ability to protect the puck, I think he’d be tremendously effective upon a return. 

As for the injury concern, Forsberg at 80% is still better than most players at 100%.  While I realize it may be distracting, a veteran team is far more equipped to have him join the ranks than a young team.  That is why I think Philadelphia would be the perfect landing spot for the future Hall of Famer.

  • I was fine with Favre’s return and I’d be more than happy to see a quasi healthy Foppa back in the league. Let’s just hope he plays like its 2002/03.

  • Rusty

    Why not? There are a ton of fine doctors in Philadelphia, and I would imagine its a great city in which to experience the Injured Reserve List.