Forsberg's visit will be all about Sakic's big night

Former Avalanche star Peter Forsberg will be at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night, but not to resume his NHL career with the Avs.Forsberg will be on hand to attend the season opener against the San Jose Sharks and pay tribute to longtime former teammate Joe Sakic, whose number will be retired before the game.

“He has meant so much to me that I feel I must be there,” Forsberg told Swedish reporters.

Forsberg’s health also made news Monday when he revealed he has a stress fracture in his right foot. Despite that setback, he played for Modo on Monday in a Swedish League game against HV71, scoring its only goal in a 3-1 loss.

“I can hardly walk, but it feels OK when I skate,” Forsberg said. “I’m going to let this stress fracture heal, but I am not sure that I am ready for the NHL yet. We will see. I will make a decision the next couple of weeks.”

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10 Responses to Forsberg's visit will be all about Sakic's big night

  1. reinjosh says:

    according to nhlnumbers.com Detroit is over the cap by 1.7 million dollars
    it will be interesting to see what they do to get under by tomorrow

  2. mmamolo says:

    Lilja is put on long term IR while Abdelkader will only be up for a week or so.  NHLnumbers and capgeek represent it as a full seasons worth of cap space being eaten up by Abdelkader being up with the Wings right now.  You have to break it down by days.

    Once Abdelkader is returned to GR and Lilja remains on LTIR there is no issue.

  3. mmamolo says:

    Lilja is put on long term IR while Abdelkader will only be up for a week or so.  NHLnumbers and capgeek represent it as a full seasons worth of cap space being eaten up by Abdelkader being up with the Wings right now.  You have to break it down by days.

    Once Abdelkader is returned to GR and Lilja remains on LTIR there is no issue.

  4. KingCanada says:

    Shouldnt be a problem… that number includes 26 players…3 will be cut to make the 23 man roster.  So 3 players in the 500k-700k are cut (saaay Abdelkader, Emmerton and Larson/Howard), and Brad May gets released and they are under the cap.

    What would of been interesting is if Jiri Hudler was playing for the Wings and u add his cap hit of 2.875.  Unfortinate for them he is in Europe tho…

  5. cam7777 says:

    Getting rid of Hudler for the time being was actually brilliant cap management, even if it was unintentional.  I believe if ever does return to the NHL, that he will still have to pick up where his contract left off.  Which means if he comes back two years from now, when the cap is theoretically on the rise, and guys like Lidstrom and Rafalski have moved on, the Wings will be able to add a quality player, in his prime, for a measly 2.875 million dollars.  I somehow think the Wings weren't too upset about Jiri playing a couple years back in Europe.

    I think the Wings still have to go with a 22 man roster.  Even if they pare the roster down to 22, with Lilja on IR, the cap hit still comes to 56.771 million dollars:

    Zetterberg – Datsyuk – Bertuzzi
    Leino – Filppula – Franzen
    Holmstrom – Williams – Cleary
    Abdelkader – Draper – Maltby

    (Eaves)

    Lidstrom / Rafalski
    Kronwall / Stuart
    Ericsson / Lebda

    (Meech)

    Osgood – Howard

    Replacing Abdelkader with Helm will free up a little more cap space, but replacing one of the D with Lilja will cost them more.  Someone does have to move, unless they manage to play musical chairs with the injury chart.

  6. KingCanada says:

    Nah I really think they just got lucky.  They were definatly banking on him to play.  Thats why they didnt offer anything to Samuelsson or Kopecky.  Im tired of seeing everything pan out for the Wings (short of repeating the Stanley cup lol) and want to see them crash sometime.  It would be nice.

    Out West Vancouver, Chicago and San Jose especially are due, step aside Detroit give someone else a turn lol.

    As for Helm tsn.ca is reporting he is injured so I dont think he is going to be on opening night roster.

  7. bbruins37 says:

    hudler probably wont be missed too much anyways because of leino

  8. cam7777 says:

    no, probably not.  still, at 2.875 million, he would be a nice addition in a couple years. 

  9. cam7777 says:

    Yea, I know Helm is out, but that's what I mean when I say replacing Abdelkader with Helm will save them a bit of cap.  When he returns to the lineup, they'll dump Abdelkader in the minors again, and save themselves about 300k.  But, when Lilja returns, him taking over for Meech or Lebda will put them over the cap.  And that's still only with a 22 man roster.  Really, Draper has got to go, but they'll never move him.

    And amen to Detroit sucking it up one of these years.  I think they will struggle when Lidstrom finally retires.  Of course, it's not like their D will be terrible without him.  Kronwall, Stuart and Ericcsson are all solid defenders, and Jakub Kindl ain't half bad either.  Still, you don't lose two veterans like Lidstrom and Rafalski and keep going on like nothing happened.  If nothing else, not having those guys on the roster will effect the forwards coming up through the system, when they don't learn to penetrate D's by trying to get by one of the best in the league's history.

    I think it's coming; Detroit's day of reckoning, that is….

  10. mojo19 says:

    Guys, I have a confession. I'm a huge fan of Helm. And Cam I like those lines, my wings lines were similar but different, a little more balanced….

    Cleary – Datsyuk – Franzen
    Bertuzzi – Zetterberg – Leino
    Williams – Fillpula – Holmstrom

    Then whatever makes sense on the 4th line. Obviously Maltby is there and dressed, I don't know whats going on with way of injuries, who had a strong camp, salary cap, etc. But the last two spots would ideally go to the veteran Kris Draper, and ahead of Abdelkador I would put my boy Helm.

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