Forsberg back on blades

TERRY KOSHAN and SUN Wire Services

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Peter Forsberg skated yesterday for the first time since having surgery on his right ankle, and he might return to practice early next week.

Forsberg, who had an infected bursa sac removed from his ankle on Sept. 12, felt some discomfort during the 10-minute skating session.

"I'm going to skate a little harder each day and we'll see about Monday," Forsberg said. "I'm happy to be back. I missed 11 days of training camp."

TOUCHY SUBJECT

Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin acknowledged there is no clear answer as to whether the shootout is a good thing for deciding regular-season NHL games.

"It is one of those things you can debate forever, whether it is fair in a team sport like hockey," Sundin said. "We are trying to make our game more exciting and get even more people to enjoy the game and if this is going to help, so be it. If I am a hockey fan, I love to see penalty shots."

SCHREMP LIKELY TO STICK

EDMONTON -- Former London Knight Rob Schremp, who began his OHL career with the Mississauga IceDogs, appears to have cracked the Oilers' lineup. "Right now, we see Rob as a very viable option to help us five-on-four, five-on-three, four-on-three and those will be significant minutes in today's game," coach Craig MacTavish said.

NO TALKS WITH BOYNTON

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins GM Mike O'Connell said he's not close to re-signing defenceman Nick Boynton. O'Connell said it has been several days since he spoke with Boynton's agent, Anton Thun.

LAST NIGHT IN THE NHL

Dominik Hasek stopped all 19 shots he faced in his Ottawa Senators debut, a 3-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hasek didn't allow a goal in his 33 minutes and 46 seconds of play. Hasek, 40, was playing for the first time since a groin injury sidelined him in 2003. "I had fun after I made a few saves," he said ... Red Wings rookie Johan Franzen scored two goals in a span of 3:32 in Detroit's 3-2 win over Dallas. Franzen was Detroit's first-round pick in 2004 ... Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin played the entire game in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis, giving up all five goals.

SETOGUCHI SENT BACK

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Right-winger Devin Setoguchi was returned to the WHL's Saskatoon Blades by the San Jose Sharks yesterday.

Setoguchi, 18, was the eighth player selected in the 2005 NHL entry draft.


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