Forsberg's Decision

Peter Forsberg's comeback to the NHL ended today as the Colorado Avalanche forward retired two games into his season. Forsberg has had chronic foot/ankle problems for a while now, and tried to come back multiple times with the Avs and the Philadelphia Flyers.

I'll leave all the stats and memories to the Avalanche writers, I just wanted to voice my opinion on Foppa.

As a huge Red Wings fan growing up, watching the Wings battle the Avs was the best thing going. The Avs had Sakic, Forsberg, Roy, Foote and Hejduk and the Wings countered with Yzerman, Shanahan, Fedorov and Lidstrom. It really was a great rivalry. The thing is at the time I hated the Avalanche with a passion.

That's pretty self-explanatory. The Claude Lemieux incident, me just despising Patrick Roy, and the playoff battles between the two teams. I never stopped to realize what a great player Peter Forsberg was and what he meant to the game of hockey.

Every player that ever had an injury in any sport should look up to him. His injuries hampered him and we don't even know the half of the pain he went through. All the surgeries and rehab just to play the game he loved. Sometimes pro athletes come back for the money or for the championships. But Forsberg was something more. He loved the game of hockey and no injury was keeping him out of it.

He put in years of work to rehab that ankle. I watched the video of him at his first few practices and he looked fine to me. But he made a decision that was so selfless that I have to admire him. Rather than tough out the season and take up a spot from some young player on the team, he decided he wasn't up to scratch and called it quits.

It's a decision no athlete wants to make; quitting from something out of your control. The best way to go out might be after a championship and old age when you know you have nothing left. The sad part is Forsberg had a lot left if not for his injury. So, as a Red Wings fan that used to dislike Peter Forsberg in the past, I have forever changed my opinion of him. Because of what he did, I will admire him for what he has done for this sport.

Kyle Busch
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12 Comments

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

it wasn't like it was a lot though. prorated for sure. i think the 35+ rule applies still though

Jonathan Szekeres's picture

So.. do we start calling him Peter Favre now? Or do make it Favre-sberg?

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

he was nothing like brett favre and i was gonna put that in there. obviously i should. brett favre was just an idiot. i mean he was well over the age that QB's usually retire and he kept retiring and coming back not because of injuries, but because he probably wanted to stip camp and just play. what he did was selfish and he helped screw over young QB's like tarvaris jackson. forsberg genuinely loved the game and just couldn't play. i dont see any comparison to favre being legit at all. far from it.

Patrick Storto's picture
Kyle Andrew Busch wrote:

he was nothing like brett favre and i was gonna put that in there. obviously i should. brett favre was just an idiot. i mean he was well over the age that QB's usually retire and he kept retiring and coming back not because of injuries, but because he probably wanted to stip camp and just play. what he did was selfish and he helped screw over young QB's like tarvaris jackson. forsberg genuinely loved the game and just couldn't play. i dont see any comparison to favre being legit at all. far from it.

Favre wasn't ready to go. Screw over Tavaris Jackson? Favre is a 100 x the player Jackson will ever be. And it's not like Favre couldn't play, he played at an elite level until this year. Even with Favre leaving, Jackson isn't guaranteed to be a starter.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture
Patrick Storto wrote:
Kyle Andrew Busch wrote:

he was nothing like brett favre and i was gonna put that in there. obviously i should. brett favre was just an idiot. i mean he was well over the age that QB's usually retire and he kept retiring and coming back not because of injuries, but because he probably wanted to stip camp and just play. what he did was selfish and he helped screw over young QB's like tarvaris jackson. forsberg genuinely loved the game and just couldn't play. i dont see any comparison to favre being legit at all. far from it.

Favre wasn't ready to go. Screw over Tavaris Jackson? Favre is a 100 x the player Jackson will ever be. And it's not like Favre couldn't play, he played at an elite level until this year. Even with Favre leaving, Jackson isn't guaranteed to be a starter.

ok bad example. what i meant is favre would always hum and haw about if he was going to play or not. With Forsberg he always wanted to play

George Prax's picture

Favresberg. I like the sound of that. I agree that it's not a legitimate comparison other than all the "will-he won't-he". At least he has the common sense to know when to hang em up.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

i just love that even though he had the injuries he wanted to play at the highest level he could.

Russell Dornisch's picture

Kinda upset you wrote this.... I was in the process of writing a long article on it and you beat me to it.... I guess we can write on any team now... I'll keep that in mind.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture
Russell Dornisch wrote:

Kinda upset you wrote this.... I was in the process of writing a long article on it and you beat me to it.... I guess we can write on any team now... I'll keep that in mind.

theres 3 articles on forseberg dude. put yours up too it cant hurt. this is just what i felt on the subject. if you want to write about the wings or bolts go ahead. i didnt know we had set teams to cover. sorry