Forsberg’s career has hit yet another setback after revealing that he will be out at least until Christmas rehabilitating his same nagging injury (story). This is a guy that you just can’t help but feel sorry for. In his shortened NHL career thus far, he has accumulated 885 points in 706 regular season games with +242… a +242!!!. In 151 NHL playoff games, he’s also totaled another 171 points. With multiple all-star appearances (95/96, 97/98, 98/99, 00/01, 02/03), two Stanley Cups with Colorado (95/96, 00/01), an Olympic gold medal with Sweden (05/06), Art Ross Trophy (02/03), Hart Trophy (02/03), and then some, this guy is a tremendous athlete. With that said, I believe Forsberg should leave it all on the ice.
It seems Forsberg’s foot injury will be one that he will have to live with the rest of his life. The question is, when will the choice be made to hang up the skates and jump behind the Avs bench to help out Granato? How many more attempts at surgeries, rehab, and skate changes must be made? For the last 4 years Forsberg has tried to heal and return to his top form shown in the 02/03 season. He had a great outing with Philadelphia (75 points in 60 games) in 05/06, however, suffered more setbacks the following season. He came back in 07/08 for a few games with Colorado (14 points in 9 games), displaying a little bit of what has made him already a future hall-of-famer.
As much as I wish for Forsberg to return, at the very least I hope to one day see him behind the Avs bench using his talent to bring the Avs back to the top 4 in the league.