February 15, 2011

It's Not Quitting, Just Finally Moving On

Avs' Peter Forsberg retires from hockey

Good for him that he finally came to the decision that he should've years ago. And I believe that he's really done this time. In all of the other times he's left the sport, he's been very clear about his intentions of coming back. This is the first time he's actually retired, and I think he'll stay retired.

It's just too bad that he didn't play at least one game in front of the Colorado fans. I understand why he did it - he didn't want to look like a fool. Though, I saw him play a bit during his first game back last week, and I don't think he would have.

Sounds like his fiancée's a reasonable woman, and I'm very glad he listened to her. I'd thought it was his wife because he wore a ring, but I'd forgotten the tendency for Swedish men to wear engagement rings. Though, Henrik Lundqvist doesn't wear an engagement ring. But then, Vinny Lecavalier doesn't seem to wear a wedding ring, either - and most men from Canada and the US do.

My dad doesn't wear a wedding ring, either, and he's been married for almost 50 years, but that's another story entirely.

Anywho, I adore Forsberg - he's my favorite player of all time. So it was very hard to read about all of these comebacks and all of these surgeries. It has nothing to do with screwing up his legacy, and I've always wished the guy the best, but you'd think he'd come to the conclusion far sooner than after 25 surgeries (assuming those were all on his foot/ankle). How hard-headed can a guy be?

Thankfully, his fiancée has some common sense. So good for him, too, that he picked a keeper. I'm sure she had more to do with this decision than anyone else.

Again, I wish him nothing but the best, and I hope he can find some peace with his decision. I also hope that he can find some way to stay involved with hockey as well, since he obviously loves the sport so much. I know that in the past he's said that he doesn't want to be a coach - because his dad is/was - but there are other things he can do.

Maybe we'll see him back in North America again in some hockey capacity. I'm still holding out for Markus Naslund to come back. We'll see how that ends up. Forsberg will have to come back at least twice, though - once, when the Coloardo Avalanche retire his jersey number, and again when he's inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both of which he completely deserves.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy life, Peter. As always, it was a pleasure. And always make sure you do what makes you happy - not that I have any doubt that you will. :o)

February 11, 2011

It's Like A Bruise That People Keep Pushing On To See If It Hurts

Forsberg saga will only get more interesting
So where do other NHL teams come into the equation? Yes, Forsberg has a no-trade, no-movement clause in the $1 million pro-rated contract he signed with Colorado. But do you think he’s put in all the work to come back to the NHL to help the Avs work on a lottery pick? Clearly, he envisioned being on a playoff team.
"Interesting" is not the word I'd use with this, frankly.

Don't get me wrong. I like Forsberg and wish him nothing but the best. He's probably my all-time favorite hockey player. And I can totally identify with wanting to go out on your own terms.

But this whole scene is just ridiculous. His priorities are severely out of whack here. He should be more concerned with the quality of life he has off the ice than trying to force his body into playing hockey in the NHL again. Mind over matter doesn't always work out the way we'd hoped.

Regardless, this article has a good point. Unless Forsberg's looking to finally and officially retire at the end of the season with Colorado, he's not staying there. And I seriously doubt that he's planning on playing next season at this stage. Hoping, sure, but not planning on it. So this is a one-shot deal in his mind, I'm sure. For now, at least.

I'm saying this right now for everyone to read - it's going to be Vancouver and Tampa Bay in the Finals, with Tampa Bay winning the Cup. I'm not saying that because I write about the Lightning. To be honest, I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around them making playoffs. And don't even ask me where they are in the standings because I'm not entire sure at the moment. So wishful thinking isn't even entering into the equation since I honestly can't even imagine playoffs right now, let alone going deep into them.

But with Steve Yzerman as GM, almost anything is possible, I guess.

Anywho, if Forsberg wants another Cup, then I think he's going to have to be traded to one of those two teams. And I'd really rather it wasn't Tampa Bay. Him on either team in mind-bendy for me, and I wouldn't put it past Yzerman to try to pick him up, but I don't think I could deal with him being a part of Tampa. That's just far too strange - so strange that I can't really put it into words right now.

Still, everyone needs to take a step back and see how he plays first. The style of the game has changed a bit since he's played in the NHL with any regularity, and he might not be able to adapt to it. Many players - and on-ice officials - haven't been able to. So we'll see how Forsberg does in a game situation first, and then maybe people can start talking about where he ends up going.