On some level, Peter Forsberg – even a relatively healthy version – isn’t precisely what the Colorado Avalanche need. After all, the team’s biggest struggles are on defense. Only the Edmonton Oilers allow more goals per game (3.33) than the Avalanche (3.31).
Then again, if the objective is to simply win enough scoring slug-fests as possible, “Foppa” may still be a reasonable addition if he can play in a decent amount of games. Many people wonder if the aging former star is worth the trouble, but he still was a point per game player in recent years. Perhaps the Avalanche need to handle him like the Houston Rockets attempted to adapt to Yao Ming’s perennial feet issues: by deliberately limiting the amount of games he can play. That could mean putting him in a position to succeed (offensive zone face-offs, power play ice time and no penalty kill duties) while holding him out of back-to-back contests.
Of course, it all comes down to two things:
1. If the Avalanche genuinely believe he can bring something to the table.
2. If Forsberg is willing to fight through the pain and acknowledge his own physical limitations.
It’s reasonable that many people following the situation are less than optimistic, but you cannot begrudge the 36-year-old forward for trying. The Avalanche are also being logical in looking at him considering their recent struggles. They are on a three game losing streak and only have one win in their last six games.
Anyone who has been following the on-again, off-again Forsberg soap opera should know that there’s a “boy who cried wolf” element to this process, but we’ll keep you updated if the two sides come to a consensus. However temporary that might be.
The Avs provided video footage of his most recent practice, if you want to judge for yourself if the gingerly skating forward should continue his comeback attempt.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day