Forsberg signs with Colorado
Well, well, well... this just hit my inbox:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.Currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and battling to get back into the playoffs, Colorado can certainly use a healthy Forsberg. What we don't know at this point is just how healthy he'll be, and how much he'll be able to contribute.
"We're proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he's enjoyed so much success early in his career," said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. "His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level."
"Over the last several months, I have worked extremely hard in order for this to be possible. I am looking forward to putting this jersey on again," said Forsberg. "I have so many great memories of my playing days in Denver. I'm excited about helping my new teammates and former teammates in the coming weeks, and hopefully I am able to do that in the very near future."
Even still, last season running at nowhere near his peak potential, Forsberg had 55 points in 57 games for Philadelphia and Nashville, and was still a first-line player. The Avs have battled key injuries to their forward corps all season, with Ryan Smyth, Joe Sakic and Paul Statsny all missing considerable time.
All three are now back in the fold, and with Forsberg added to the mix, things have all of a sudden gotten just a little tighter in the west.
|Wojtek Wolski||Paul Stastny||Marek Svatos|
|Ryan Smyth||Peter Forsberg||Milan Hejduk|
|Jaroslav Hlinka||Joe Sakic||Ben Guite|
|Andrew Brunette||Tyler Arnason||Ian Laperriere|
TSN is reporting Forsberg's contract is for $5-million, which works out to just more than $1-million for the remainder of the season. There's been no word yet if it contains performances bonuses like the midseason deal Teemu Selanne signed in Anaheim.
UPDATE Eric Duhatschek has more.
UPDATE And here's the transcript of Forsberg's conference call.