Peter Forsberg is going back to Colorado. And I peed myself a little bit when I found out. Seriously. Number 21 is back in Denver. And life is good. Even if I am in Stockholm not able to see one of the greatest hockey players of all time pull that beautiful jersey back over his head.
The signing has been taking a beating in the hockey world. Except for in Sweden where everyone is just pumped to see him back in the NHL. Forsberg’s been hurt for years. His foot. Rumor has it he’s not anymore. But there’s still a bit of a risk. A five million dollar risk. But to borrow a tried and true sporting phrase – the upside is huge.
People are bitching and moaning that he took the easy way out. That by going to Colorado he wasn’t taking any risks. The idea being that by going to Colorado, a team that is on the cusp of the playoffs, he might not have to play as many games since they might not even make the playoffs. Even if they do make the playoffs, by playing in Colorado, he’s not expected to perform as well just because he’s back in Denver. He’s already cemented his legacy.
Bullshit. If anything he needs to perform. He will enter the Hall of Fame as an Av. To go back there and play like a chump is a disgrace. His two years in Philadelphia? No one will remember if he mans up and plays like the Forsberg of just a few years ago. But if he can’t even finish the season? Then everyone will look back at those years after having left Colorado the first time as the beginning of the end. Had he gone to any other team, there would have been fewer expectations. They don’t know how he used to be. But I do. Colorado does.
A magician. The things he could do with the puck were amazing. He had vision unmatched by anyone. He would put pucks in places that a puck had no business being. He would find teammates that didn’t even know they were open. It was a thing of beauty. And it’s Colorado Avalanche fans that remember that. The rest of the hockey world remembers years of injury in Philadelphia. Shortsighted. And stupid. Because Forsberg’s back in the Rockies.
Peter Forsberg will lead the Avalanche deep into the playoffs. And I just peed myself a little. Again.