Monday, February 18, 2008

Agent: Forsberg not returning to NHL

By John McMullen
The Phanatic Magazine

Five-Time All-Star Peter Forsberg will not return to the NHL this season, according to a report from TSN of Canada.

According to the Web site, Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, has begun advising NHL teams that the Swedish star doesn't have enough confidence in his balky foot to return.

"The prospect of Peter having enough confidence in the foot-skate issue to commit to being able to play in the NHL this season isn't where it needs to be at this moment," Baizley told TSN. "As a result, teams are being told it is unlikely he will be able to commit to return to the NHL this season."

Forsberg played in 57 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville Predators last season, posting 13 goals and 55 points. He was dealt to the Predators at the trade deadline deal for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent and first and third-round draft picks in 2007.

Forsberg was originally drafted sixth overall by the Flyers in the 1991 draft and was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques in 1992 as part of a blockbuster deal that saw Philadelphia acquire center Eric Lindros.

In his first NHL season, Forsberg won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, scoring 50 points in 47 games.

In ten seasons with the Nordiques and Avalanche, he recorded 216 goals and 741 points and won the Stanley Cup twice with the Avalanche. He also won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 2003.

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