A deadline Floppa!

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

NAPLES, FLA. -- The Super Swede is staying home.

Peter Forsberg, the much sought-after unrestricted free-agent centre, announced yesterday that he won't be returning to the NHL this season because his surgically repaired foot isn't up to snuff.

The 34-year-old's agent, Don Baizley, called the Flyers, Senators, Avalanche, Wild, Canucks and Blackhawks yesterday to inform them of Forsberg's decision.

NO TEARS FROM BURKE

"We had already been informed by Mr. Baizley that we were not in the running, so I don't have to buy any Kleenex to stop crying," said Anaheim GM Brian Burke.

MURRAY DISAPPOINTED

The Senators were hoping Forsberg would fill an opening on one of their top two lines.

"We're disappointed because we thought we had a chance if he was going to come back to the NHL," said Senators GM Bryan Murray. "It's good that we're able to find out now, with a week to trade deadline, so that we can try to do some other things."

Forsberg had to sign with a team by the Feb. 26 trade deadline to be eligible to play in the playoffs.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said teams will now go in another direction.

"Peter is a quality guy," said Holmgren. "He didn't want to leave anybody hanging. So now it gives teams who perhaps had other options to pursue those other options."


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