The Colorado Avalanche were knocked out of the playoffs last night at the hands of Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings and, surprise surprise, Peter Forsberg was no where in sight.
He was injured. Again. In a series against the most lethal offence in the league, Forsberg was in the press box with a back injury. He was plagued with a groin injury and a back injury in the playoffs, and as a result, missed almost the entire series against Detroit.
Now, having him in the line up wouldn’t have made much of a difference. The Wings were going to win. They have a more potent attack, they control the puck in every area of the rink and their defence are by far the best team in the NHL when it comes to making that first pass out of the zone. Their goaltending is better too. And yes, Chris Osgood is better than Dominik Hasek.
What is most troublesome about this whole situation with Forsberg is that the Avs put all their eggs in one basket. They signed a guy with a long history of injuries that keep him in and out of the line up every three or four days, something that disrupts the evenflow of a team.
What was Avs general manager Francois Giguere thinking when he signed Forsberg for $1 million to play the last third of the regular season and only seven of 10 playoff games. Why sign a guy who is the furthest thing from durable for that kind of money?
Was the fact that he spent almost 10 months in his home country of Sweden while nursing a foot injury not a sign that his time as an NHL player has passed by?
Simply put, Forsberg was a bust. His acquisition was stupid in the first place. It was ill-advised, and there are more players out there who could’ve come into the Avalanche for less money and no one would have to worry about their durability. Forsberg, in 16 total games with the Avs this year, racked up 19 points. That’s not bad, but no one remembers how many points you get when you’re in and out of the press box because your constantly injured and aren’t in the line up when it matters the most.
Canucks former general manager Dave Nonis was canned for his lack of signing Peter Forsberg just days before the trade deadline and his lack of trading Ryan Kesler, Mason Raymond, Alex Edler and a first, second and third round draft pick in this year’s draft. He got fired for sticking to his guns and not relying on a plan that has as much chance to blow up in your face as it does to succeed. Giguere should get canned today for his taking a risk on a player that can’t get into the elevator to go to the press box without tweaking a groin or hurting his back.
Bringing Forsberg back was the stupidest decision made this year by a general manager. It was pointless. It was a waste of money and a roster spot that could’ve been better spent.
New Canucks general manager Mike Gillis. Don’t sign Forsberg.