Don't expect Forsberg to flee Flyers

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Will Peter Forsberg be changing addresses at the NHL trade deadline next month?

At this point, it is doubtful.

The Philadelphia Flyers centre returned to the lineup last week after his latest bout with foot problems that caused groin troubles.

While the whispers yesterday had him going to the Montreal Canadiens to solve their second-line centre problems, there's very little chance this deal is going to happen.

What people don't realize is that Forsberg has a no-trade clause. It's believed Forsberg, an unrestricted free agent making $5.75 million US this season, isn't ready to give up on the Flyers.

Teams certainly will be calling Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren -- including Colorado, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and Toronto -- to check on Forsberg's availability, but it's unlikely anything will happen.

HOCKEY DAY CHANGES

The NHL is going to try to continue the Hockey Day in Canada tradition next year, but it may not have an all-Canadian flavour. Under the current format, it will be impossible for all six Canadian teams to play each other next year.

"The schedule will accommodate a Hockey Day in Canada -- whether that will involve only three Canadian team matchups will depend on whether the scheduling matrix is changed," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "The current matrix would not allow Canadian-only matchups."

Of course, that could change during the NHL's board of governors meetings during all-star festivities in Dallas Jan. 22-23

HUET AN ALL-STAR

Habs goalie Cristobal Huet, who was pulled after giving up six goals on 25 shots yesterday against Ottawa, is going to have to change his plans for the all-star break. He was destined to enjoy a vacation in Cuba, but now has to find his way to Dallas after being named to the Eastern Conference team by the league yesterday.

AROUND THE BOARDS

There is talk Islanders coach Ted Nolan and right winger Miroslav Satan are having trouble co-existing. The problem for Nolan is that Satan has a no-trade clause in his contract, which means he won't be going anywhere anytime soon unless he chooses ... The Blues were handing out free goodies at their game against the Los Angeles Kings yesterday -- that included hot dogs, popcorn and chicken fingers. Even owner Dave Checketts was behind a counter helping to serve ... Why is nobody talking about Colorado's Paul Statsny as a rookie-of-the-year candidate?

RUMOURS DU JOUR

All eyes are on Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi. While the Kings lost goalie Dan Cloutier to hip surgery, the news got worse when it was learned goalie Mathieu Garon suffered a broken finger. The talk is Lombardi might bring in the Flyers' Robert Esche, whose name is floating around on the trade market after Philly picked up Michael Leighton on waivers from Nashville. The Kings also put in a claim on Leighton, but Philly was lower in the standings ... Minnesota general manager Doug Risebrough has sent out a fax to all 29 teams to let them know winger Pascal Dupuis is available. He hasn't gotten a whole lot of playing time under coach Jacques Lemaire and the Wild wants to get his $798,000 salary off the books. That shouldn't be difficult ... Several teams have called the Bruins about defenceman Brad Stuart -- including the Oilers, Sharks, Wings and Canucks. There's a strong sense the Bruins won't keep him because GM Peter Chiarelli is still trying to build the club and would like to get something in return ... The Hawks wouldn't mind dealing defenceman Adrian Aucoin after he was a healthy scratch last week... There have been no discussions between the Senators and Chris Phillips on a new contract. But sources say GM John Muckler isn't going to trade Phillips, an unrestricted free agent after this season, and does plan to start discussions soon.


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