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Peter Forsberg gets visa papers in order, season debut yet to be determined

Peter Forsberg gets visa papers in order, season debut yet to be determined

Swedish star Peter Forsberg cleared a major obstacle when his immigration papers were pushed through on Friday, paving the way for his impending arrival in Denver for the Colorado Avalanche.
Forsberg is expected to skate at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, but coach Joel Quenneville labeled his availability for the NHL game that night against the Los Angeles Kings as "very doubtful."
Quenneville thought it was more realistic Forsberg would play on Tuesday at home against the Vancouver Canucks. Forsberg has been battling a nagging foot injury that has plagued him in recent years.
"It's more Peter's call because he knows his body," Quenneville said. "I'll visit with him in the morning and see how he feels."
Quenneville doesn't feel a need to rush Forsberg back into the lineup even though the season is dwindling to a close _ only 17 games remaining _ and the Avalanche are tied with the Nashville Predators for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Quenneville learned the art of patience through injuries to Joe Sakic (hernia), Ryan Smyth (ankle) and Paul Stastny (appendectomy and groin) this season.
"You're going to be telling us when you're ready," Quenneville said. "We provide encouragement to play, but the players know their bodies and when they say they're ready to go, we'll then decide."
In Vancouver on Wednesday, Quenneville approached Sakic and Forsberg to see how they felt about skating on the same line upon Forsberg's return.
It wasn't a tough sell. Sakic and Forsberg helped guide Colorado to two Stanley Cup championships before the team was disassembled following the NHL lockout.
"We all know what Peter can do on the ice," Sakic said. "He's a tremendous hockey player."
That's why Ian Laperriere was lobbying hard to be included on that line. In fact, he talked like it was already a finished deal.
"I can't wait to play with Peter on my line," Laperriere said with a grin.
Quenneville will be receiving quite a few volunteers to play on the Sakic-Forsberg line.
"Everybody might campaign for that opportunity to play with Peter," Quenneville said.


Updated : 2021-07-30 16:48 GMT+08:00