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Ok, a month or two ago, I was reading that Pete was going to play for his father's league back in Sweden...What happened?

TSN.com is reporting that Ottawa and Vancouver are now in a "race" to pick up this injury-prone forward from his one year stint in Nashville after being dealt away by the Philadelphia Flyers. His career is winding down, and I honestly think that if he does go to either one of these bidding teams, he will disappoint them. The high point of his career came and went when he was with Colorado and he had moderately ok numbers in Philadelphia. Honestly, don't look for him to become anything big in either Canuck-ville or Senatorial Ottawa. The fact of the matter is that he may be a nice fit as a center on a second line or maybe (MAYBE) first line with either of these two teams. He just needs to find his Joe Sakic to connect with on the ice, but splitting Taylor Pyatt from the Sedin twins may be a big mistake. Placing him on a line with Spezza and Alfreddson, maybe not so good. The most he can do is possibly feed them the puck and hope he rakes in points that way, but in all my hockey knowledge, when you go from head to toe with injuries within the past two years, the next two years will merely be recovery.

Good Luck to Ottawa and Vancouver in the "Waste Your Time, Money, and Effort" Sweepstakes.

Oh, and Trevor Linden was having talks with the coaching staff of the Canucks on whether or not he is getting too old to play? Yeah, adding Forsberg would just prove that Linden is fine for another year. Ha ha ha. Had to mention that. Granted Linden did take a small contract with the team for the next season, but I seriously think he did contribute well enough to maintain his stay with the team.

To clarify where I stand with these older players and their histories, players like Linden prove themselves. Forsberg fades in and out. Michael Peca...don't get me started. Too much hype for a whole lot of disappoint through injuries. Oh, hey, Peter's in the same boat. SAVE THE MONEY AND GET SOME YOUNG BLOODS!

Sorry, had to get that off my chest after seeing Vancouver enter the picture.
Filed Under:   Peter Forsberg   Peca   Linden   Ottawa   Vancouver  
August 26, 2007 11:40 PM ET | Delete
if Vancouver picked up him he'd be great with Naslund and if Ottawa picked him up he'd be great with Alfredsson. either way, he'll be a 2nd line centre on either of those teams.
August 27, 2007 2:34 PM ET | Delete
You're fooling yourself badly if you don't think Forsberg/Fisher/Alfredsson wouldn't seek and destroy every night. Same would go for Forsberg/Spezza/Heatley. You're not talking about decent players here, you're adding Forsberg to all-stars up and down. We don't need new blood, we need another veteran presence - and if we got Peter the Great, that would be the icing on the cake.
August 27, 2007 6:59 PM ET | Delete
I guess the league still has a lot to learn from the Sabres; go with the young guys. These beat-up, overpaid old guys are somewhat like the energizer battery that keeps on going and going - except they just keep on going and going downhill.This old dude says: "Go with the youth!"
August 27, 2007 8:03 PM ET | Delete
Why would we learn from the Sabre's?That makes no sense. We finished ahead of you guys. And Vancouver needs offense and also plays a 100% different style then the Sabre's.
August 30, 2007 4:22 AM ET | Delete
It has a lot to do with building up in today's "new" NHL. The proof is in the pudding. A team to watch is Chicago. They have the building blocks for a playoff contender that won't go away. The revitalization of that franchise is coming really soon. Pittsburgh in and of itself is one current example where leading by youth will bring you the truth. This team may be young and more unbinding when it comes to the playoff hockey atmosphere, but when you have these young guns like Malkin, Crosby, and Staal firing in goal after goal, you have to think to yourself whether or not a Forsberg or any other player in their mid to late 30's is game enough to keep up. The injuries were Forsberg's spotlight in recent years. It's a fact of life that you're more vulnerable while getting older, but there still is some hope I guess for him. I just don't see him becoming a big impact player like he was when he connected with Sakic years ago.
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