Forsberg out again, Clarke Forced to make a move?
Peter Forsberg is out….again. With a tear in his left groin muscle, he expects to be out at least 10 days. The flyers might not be able to wait that long. Does this latest injury force Clarke to make a deal?The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that Peter Forsberg will be sidelined for up to 10 days minimum with a tear in his left groin. This is the third groin problem this year for him, and will most likely be the longest one to date. The flyers have recently aquired Petr Nedved to take some pressure off of the first line, but now there is a major problem.
Taken from philly.com:
“Forsberg tore his left groin in Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to Montreal. It’s a similar tear to the one he incurred in late November on his right side. His left groin, right groin and abdomen are the three areas that have bothered Forsberg this season.
“We’re going to bring Peter to a specialist and try to figure it all out,” said trainer Jim McCrossin. “Peter has had some injuries in his time. Do they all relate? I would think they relate somehow.”
If anyone watched the game last night, the Flyers looked outright confused. Hitch went on the record to state when Peter left the game, the entire team deflated. To me, that is a major issue. The club has no leader. Yes they are waiting for Keith Primeau to return to the lineup, but everyday further without any word shows me he is farther from returining any time soon. They need a leader, as well as another playmaker. Does this latest injury force Clarke to make the move for possibly Doug Weight?
In my honest opinion, I think Clarke has no choice. Now he is without his top two centermen, one of which is the Captain of the team. Not only do I see Clarke making a move for a player like Weight, I also see him bringing in a leader for the team. It is nice to see the team showing respect for Primeau and not assigning a captain, but without a leader this team looks lost.
My choice? Dave Anderychuck could be a leader they could use for the checking line or even 4th line. They could get him cheap and finally sit a stiff of a player like Brashear.
website for article: http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/sports/13719304.htm