It has been 20 years since Peter Forsberg was drafted sixth overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft but despite injuries, when healthy he has remained one of the best players in hockey and has always been in the spotlight. He has not played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season when he played just nine games with the Avalanche before deciding to retire due to a nagging foot injury.
But now he is back.
It would appear as though the 37-year-old center has his foot under control and he has decided to go out on his own terms, or so he hopes. After practicing with the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday morning, the two sides came to an agreement on a one-year deal, which is pro-rated for $1 million. It is considered a steal for a guy who has one of the most impressive resumes in all of hockey.
He was having issues with his right foot and ankle as recently as Wednesday, however on Sunday he said that he noticed a substantial improvement.
“It’s been feeling better and better,” Forsberg told the NHL website. “It has been feeling better and better and I came here to try and I want to play hockey. I love playing hockey. I’m not sure I’m going to be good. We’ll see when I get going.”
The man known as “Foppa” has done it all in the world of hockey. He won the Calder Trophy in 1995 as the leagues Rookie of the Year, in 2003 he won the Art Ross and Hart trophies, and even led his native country Sweden to Olympic gold in 2006.
He also currently ranks fourth in Quebec/ Colorado franchise history with 755 points in just 589 regular-season games and he doesn’t disappear come the playoffs. He ranks second in franchise history with 58 goals and 101 assists in 140 playoff games.
Forsberg is not expected to be on the ice until he is ready, which could come next Monday when the Avalanche host the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center. If he is even a shell of his former self, we think fans will be in for a treat.
Let the reunion tour begin!