Observations on sports, from the perspective of "BrockTalk" Jackson
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
(Fortunately) The Peter Forsberg Saga Comes To A Close
Peter Forsberg has told Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis that he is committing to play this hockey season in Sweden and that he won't be coming to the NHL.
I know Forsberg has a very impressive track record (249 G, 636 A, 885 PTS in just 706 NHL games) but the Canucks, and the NHL for that matter, do not need another Sundin-esque will-he-or-won't-he drama overshadowing the season.
If you recall, and who can forget it, last year Mats Sundin took the majority of the season to decide if he was interested in actually playing in the NHL. Eventually he signed with the Vancouver Canucks and played out the last quarter of the season with mixed results.
But the entire season the media, fans, and likely NHL players too, spent WAY too much time talking about a guy who couldn't decide if he was in or out.
The Sundin talk made news about NHL labour struggles seem breathtaking by comparison. Yawwwwwwwwwwn.
So as we headed into this season, rumblings came out of Sweden that maybe Forsberg would entertain an offer from the Canucks to join the team. In turn, the Forsberg Files began to get more and more coverage...until he quashed all the rumours the other day saying he's staying in Sweden.
It's reported today that his old buddy Markus Naslund may join him to play together on MoDo as well.
Anyhow, to make a long (and boring) story short, Forsberg ain't comin' to the NHL so drop the puck and we can all move on.
At least, until NEXT off season!
Until then, let's all remember what kind of skill and grace Peter "Nut Punch" Forsberg brings to the game: