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.

Yikes.

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