Peter Forsberg

A bump in the road for the Peter Forsberg comeback


Peter Forsberg’s attempted comeback with the Colorado Avalanche has been going well. He’s been working vigorously in order to try and earn a new contract with his original NHL team where he carved out his legacy as one of the fiercest power forwards in the NHL. Until today, there was every reason to believe that Forsberg would eventually get a contract offer from the Avs and make what would perhaps be his last stand in the NHL.

Today, however, things may have taken a downward turn in his efforts. Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports that while Forsberg may not be injured, it’s clear that his perpetually injured right foot that’s plagued his career is causing him problems yet again.

Peter Forsberg resumed practicing with the Avalanche today, and while the hockey star made it through and said he will continue, there seemed to be some discouraging signs about his latest comeback attempt.

Forsberg, 37, spent moments of the rugged practice on the bench attending to his skates, and engaged in at least two conversations with Avalanche trainers. Afterward, Forsberg said he will continue practicing, but anticipates making a decision soon on whether to stay and possibly sign a contract or not.

With a decision coming in the near future, whether or not we’ll get to see Forsberg back in an NHL game or not will be known, but by judging from Dater’s quotes from Forsberg today and his own take on what he saw in practice today, you have to think that this story is going to come to a quiet end and turn out the way we’ve been expecting it to: With Forsberg being unable to play again in the NHL.

It’s sad to see a once great superstar like this continually deny their own health and the reality of the situation at hand, but sometimes a player just needs to do it for themselves to prove whether or not it can be done. While Dater expresses that anything is possible with Forsberg, the truth is it doesn’t look good at all and this last hurrah for Forsberg very well might be it for good.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Ducks name Kesler alternate captain

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For the second time in his career, Ryan Kesler is wearing an “A.”

On Thursday, the Anaheim Ducks announced that Kesler would serve as one of the club’s alternate captains this season, taking over for Francois Beauchemin, who signed in Colorado this summer.

With the move, Kesler joins Anaheim’s existing leadership group of captain Ryan Getzlaf, and alternate Corey Perry.

“It’s an honor,” Kesler said, per the Ducks. “It’s special. I’m going to wear it with pride and lead by example.”

As mentioned earlier, Kesler has some experience as an alternate — he wore an “A” in Vancouver from 2008-13, but had it removed prior to the start of the ’13-14 campaign.

It’s not surprising Anaheim went in this direction. GM Bob Murray made a huge investment in Kesler this summer by inking the 31-year-old to a six-year, $41.25M extension.