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Forsberg Makes His Decision

Forward Decides He Wants To Play For The Avalanche

Sunday, 02.06.2011 / 12:12 PM / Features
By Aaron Lopez  - Special to ColoradoAvalanche.com
Peter Forsberg has made his decision.

Peter Forsberg officially signed a contract with the Avalanche on Sunday
Following Sunday’s early practice at Family Sports Center, the forward announced that he will make a comeback.  Forsberg, still in his practice gear at the time, said that he would head up to Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman's office after he finished undressing to try and hammer out some details on a contract.

Shortly after, it was announced that the Avalanche and Forsberg had agreed to a contract for the remainder of the 2010-11 NHL season.

“It’s been feeling better and better. I came here to try it,” said the 2003 NHL MVP. “I wanted to play hockey, I love playing hockey. I’m not sure I’m going to be good or nothing like that. “We’ll see how it goes when I start playing.

“I don’t think I can play right away,” added the Swedish forward. “It’s been feeling better, but the first couple practices were tough. Coming here, guys seemed like they were flying around you. I felt like I was 47 instead of 37.”

Forsberg said that he’s gone through a few hard days recently, wrestling back and forth in his mind about a potential comeback. In the end, he decided that he had to give things one more shot.

“The last couple of days have been horrible, actually. Going back and forth, not knowing,” said Forsberg. “And it’s going to be kind of nerve-wracking to see how it goes when I get out there too. Like I said, I’m not sure how it’s going to go – if I’m going to be good or not – but I’d like to give it a shot.”

Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco was one of many people who were pleased to hear Forsberg’s decision.

“He’s going to give it a try,” said Sacco. “I thought over the past couple of days here, having the opportunity to see him practice and see him get more comfortable out there and see the improvement that he made each day, I was excited to hear his choice.”

Sacco also noted that Forsberg’s return to the Avalanche will provide a boost in team morale, but more importantly, he’ll be a significant addition to the club’s on-ice product.

“Just from my observations on the ice, you could see that he was starting to get his jump back,” said Sacco. “When he’s available to us, certainly it will be a big boost for us emotionally. I also know that it will be a boost for us within our lineup. He’s a guy that obviously has a strong history here with our organization, but we’re not doing it just for that reason. We’re doing it because we really believe he can help us here down the stretch in the last 30 games.”

Colorado’s road trip will include games against the Phoenix Coyotes (Monday), Minnesota Wild (Wednesday), Columbus Blue Jackets (Friday) and Nashville Predators (Saturday), but it has not yet been determined when Forsberg will make his debut.

Stoa Reassigned
Following Saturday afternoon’s game, the Avalanche reassigned Ryan Stoa to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

The forward had played in each of Colorado’s past six games after being recalled from the AHL on Jan. 19, making his season debut on Jan. 20 vs. Nashville. He scored the game-winning goal – his first of the season – during Colorado’s 4-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 24.

In 18 career NHL games, the Bloomington, Minn., native has totaled five points (4g/1a) and four penalty minutes.

Odds and Ends
Ryan O’Reilly went through a full practice with the team today, wearing a regular burgundy jersey, as opposed to the orange non-contact sweater he wore during Friday’s practice…Peter Mueller was again on the ice today, skating by himself briefly following Colorado’s practice.

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