Forsberg, 36, has not played in the NHL since 2007-08 season, when he appeared in nine games for the Colorado Avalanche. He spent last season in the Swedish Elite League with MODO, but played in just 23 games due to injury. Yet he was still hoping to play in the NHL again.
It is sad to see a great player who is forced to leave the game because of injuries. But perhaps even sadder is repeated futile attempts to comeback. I hope that won't be Forsberg's legacy. Forsberg ranks in the top 10 in NHL history for points-per-game. The Swedish center ranks fourth in assists-per-game, trailing only greats Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Bobby Orr.
TSN reports that:
MODO general manager and former NHLer Markus Naslund confirmed that Forsberg's comeback attempt was over.Yeah, we've heard that line before but perhaps at 36 he is finally giving up. Forsberg collected the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Calder Memorial Trophy. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 1996 and 2001.