'Hawks eager to see Forsberg strut his stuff

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

His team is on the outside of the NHL’s playoff race, and one of those clubs the Chicago Blackahwks are battling just signed Peter Forsberg.

But Joel Quenneville is excited to see Forsberg has completed his comeback by joining the Colorado Avalanche.

“He does things nobody else can do. He’s an amazing player,” said Quenneville, who was an assistant with Quebec/Colorado during Forsberg’s first three NHL seasons in the mid-1990s. “(Pavel) Datsyuk does things you haven’t seen before, but Forsberg does things on a regular basis you haven’t seen before.

“He’s fun to watch.”

Forsberg, 37, signed a one-year deal with the Avs. Sunday.

He last played in the NHL in the 2008 playoffs, more than 1,000 days ago. The 2002-03 Hart Memorial Trophy winner appeared to be finished with the game due to foot and heel injuries.

However, he spent the last couple of weeks practising with the Avalanche before proclaiming he was healthy enough to play. He travelled with the team to Phoenix for the first game of a four-game road trip, but it’s not known when he’ll be in action.

The Flames visit Colorado on Feb. 14, while the Avs travel to Calgary for a March 17 game.

“I’ll be glued to the TV to see Colorado play now,” said Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp, who was a teammate of Forsberg’s in Philadelphia during the 2005-06 season. “It’ll be fun to watch him play. They’ve got a great team in Colorado. He’ll fit in and has a lot of young players who I’m sure looked up to him when he was in his prime.

“I guess it’s not too good for the Hawks that he’s coming back, but it’ll be fun as a fan to watch him.”

The Avalanche sit 12th in the Western Conference, four points back of eighth place.

“He was probably the most skilled player I’ve ever played with. I’d find myself watching him in practice, and he was unbelievable,” said Sharp. “I’m glad he’s coming back. I think it’s good for the league, and I think he’s going to be a great player.”

Forsberg won two Stanley Cup titles with the Avalanche. Over 706 NHL regular season games with Quebec/Colorado, Philadelphia and Nashville, he collected 249 goals and 885 points.

He has 64 goals and 171 points in 151 playoff games.


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