Why Forsberg Does Not Belong in Vancouver

Peter Forsberg

By no means is this post meant to put anyone’s opinion down or belittle anyone that writes or leaves comments on this site.  It is simply a look into why Peter Forsberg does not belong in Vancouver.

It’s simple.  My colleague Hosea said it best in his last post when he referred to Forsberg as injury-prone.  I honestly cannot remember back to a season in the last five years where the gritty, yet skilled, Swede has not spent some amount of fairly lengthy time on the injury-reserve list.

It is unrealistic to believe that a player that would play the regular season at maybe 75 per cent health and then magically help carry a team to the Stanley Cup finals at roughly 75 to 70 per cent.  Keep in mind that over the course of a seven-game series and as you go further into the playoffs, there are few on a team who don’t have some kind of injury.

Now, there are some that would argue that, yes, Forsberg could get the job done based upon what Steve Yzerman did in the 2002 playoffs that saw the Red Wings captain help lift his team to a Stanley Cup.  Yzerman’s performance that year was remarkable, as he played through the entire playoffs with one healthy leg and was a major contributor in all facets of the game in the Wings championship run.

Valid point.  However, one could argue that Yzerman had the help of the following: Sergei Federov, Brendan Shanahan, Brett Hull, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Luc Robitaille, Tomas Holmstrom, Igor Larionov, Dominek Hasek and Dan Cloutier.  Okay, maybe that last one was a bit unfair … still bitter. 

Sorry to say, but that 2002 Stanley Cup team had four solid lines that could score basically whenever they wanted to.

Would Forsberg help?  Maybe for a few games, but based upon the last few years that have seen Forsberg in and out of the lineup with nagging injury after nagging injury, he just isn’t worth the risk.

There is always a risk in trades or signing free agents because the game of hockey is a risky game.  It is fast, it is physical and it can take its toll on the body of a player who goes into the playoffs at 100 per cent health.  Forsberg, with an ankle injury that keeps experiencing set backs, is not at 100 per cent, not even close.

Forsberg, because he is too much of a risk due to injury, is not a good fit for the Vancouver Canucks.  I await your criticism.


3 Responses

  1. Zetterberg wasn’t in the NHL when the Wings won the Cup in 2002.

  2. Cam, you’ll be eating your words when Forsberg leads the playoffs in points and scores a hat trick during game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup finals, haha.

    We’re not saying keep Forsberg for the whole year so he can be injured for half of it, we’re saying try Forsberg for the playoffs. As fragile as he is, I’m sure he’ll be able to withstand 20+ games. Plus Yzerman was also contributing offensively during the Red Wings run, with one leg. Sure his teammates played a part in the win of course, but it wasn’t like Steve-Y was out of the equation on the scoreboard. Foppa is a risk I’ll be willing to take.

    Hosea C

  3. Zetterbergfan.com you’re right, I apologize, Henrik Zetterberg joined the Red Wings the following season

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