Forsberg takes Flyer against Sens

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- The Senators didn't have to deal with Peter Forsberg last night. The Philadelphia Flyers centre didn't suit up against the Senators at the Wachovia Center because of a sore back and he's still dealing with a chronic ankle problem that required surgery last summer.

But Forsberg repeated yesterday he's going to try to get healthy and hasn't given any thoughts to retirement.

"The back is still sore. I got bumped in the corner (by Brooks Orpik against Pittsburgh) and I strained it," said Forsberg. "I spoke to the media about retiring and I don't want to think about retiring. I want to keep on playing.

"I think I have a couple of more years. They asked me about retirement 10 different ways and I don't want to retire. That's my goal to keep playing and we've just got to keep on working so I can get back (to 100%). I have to get the foot straight so I can get back to playing at the level I can play at."

WATCHING SPEZZA: Senators coach Bryan Murray wants C Jason Spezza to contribute at both ends of the ice. "I want him to find a way to play in all types of situations. When the legs are good, we know that he's going to be spectacular," said Murray. "If they're just not there on a given night, find a way to play in the game. Find a way to play in all situations when you're great or not so great. He does that and we'll be happy. That's what the good players do."


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