Thursday, January 31, 2008

Peter Forsberg won't sign with Modo; wants to play in the NHL

Peter Forsberg's intention is to play in the NHL this season, as he has turned down signing with Modo. Forsberg has told his agent Don Baizley that he may negotiate with NHL teams.
Forsberg has said that he is feeling 100%, so the injury factor may not come into play with him this year. So at this point, any team with a talented Swede who is friends with Forsberg is the front-runner in the Forsberg sweepstakes. That includes Vancouver...where he could pass the puck to a bunch of guys can't hit the net....ha.
We'll see. But the rumors will now run rampant over the next few weeks.
My guess, is that he signs in Detroit. Detroit would be more appealing because of their high-scoring offence and potential for success. And no...I really don't think the Leafs are going to be in the running. Not when they are in 14th spot in the East. Forsberg is going to want to enter a winning environment.
The Canucks have a chance I think, but then again, we have had a hard time luring excellent free agents over the past several years. Must be all the rain in Vancouver.
I kid...maybe. But our chances are higher than Toronto's I'm sure.
Forsberg would be an excellent addition just in the fact that he'd kickstart Naslund's offence. What a great 1-2 punch we'd have.

So what about the Canucks' game against the Lightning today? Is the losing going to stop? Vigneault told the Province yesterday:
"I was thinking about this going home. It's sort of like I'm the parent and I have a son or daughter having trouble in school," Vigneault said. "You work with them to improve and you keep working with them. You get them a tutor. Then they go to write their exam and they are still an average student. Nothing changes. They get frustrated. This is where my frustration lies -- the kid is putting in a lot of effort but he's still average."
-The Nucks have lost 4 of their last 5.
-The Lightning have won 3 of their last 5.
-The last time we played Tampa was in March of 2006 where we won 5-1.
Tampa is almost as inconsistent as we are lately. But their biggest issue is definitely goaltending. Ours is a depleted blueline. We will get Luongo back between the pipes tonight, and that should help. Tampa's lack of decent goaltending could open up some scoring chances for a team that has scored 13 goals in it's last 5 games.
Will the Lightning snipers be contained tonight? Can the Canucks get back to playing consistent defence? How about Bourdon or Edler chip in offensively tonight? How will Jason Jaffray respond after being recalled from Manitoba? His last Canuck outing was short-lived.
I think we can beat these bums. I say we take it 5-4 in an entertaining affair.

Game Time: 4:30 PST
TV: Sportsnet Pacific

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At January 31, 2008 at 11:46 a.m. , Blogger James said...

Toronto is going to be sellers in a big way before the deadline, so no way they'd go for him.. Tough to say whether this will be good or bad for the Leafs though if and when Mats waives his no-trade.. I would say Detroit, Philly, Ottawa (Alfie!), Montreal would all be the front runners for Forsberg.. If one of those teams grabs him then Mats' value could go up by competing teams.. Have to wait and see I guess. At least this trade deadline is shaping up to be somewhat interesting, I hate it when it's boring..

At January 31, 2008 at 12:15 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Sundin has stated today that is is not planning on waiving his clause.
Actually, the Habs would be an interesting place for Peter. Hope he doesn't go there though.
The Canucks would be his best fit playing with Markus. But I'm biased! haha.
I sure don't want Detroit to get any better by claiming him. Can you imagine if he played there, after all the Detroit - Colorado rivalries in the past? It should almost be against his religion to play there.

At January 31, 2008 at 12:30 p.m. , Blogger James said...

Sundin keeps saying he won't waive it to give himself more bargaining power if he does choose to waive it I figure. He might not, but for the right destination it's definitely possible.

As for Foppa, the Canucks could definitely be an option. If Detroit does get him, watch other western teams who figure they have a shot (Anaheim, San Jose, Calgary, Vancouver) to load up on talent for the battle ahead. Brutal. That could drive up Mats price with the competition for another centre..

Best case scenario I saw was trading Mats to Anaheim for some nice picks, they repeat the cup performance, hiring Burke for Leafs GM in July, and promptly re-signing Mats to serve out his career mentoring the picks the Leafs get.. That would be friggin sweet.

Colorado could be another Forsberg destination I suppose, they're hurting up front.. They're not much of a contender this year though, so who knows if he'd want to go there.

Let the speculation continue!

At January 31, 2008 at 12:55 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"That could drive up Mats price with the competition for another centre.. "

Nicely put. I agree completely. Mats would be a fool not to go the rental route to a contender. In that case, I'd like to see him in Vancouver over Forsberg!! Ok I'm being biased again. Hail King Mats!

At January 31, 2008 at 3:55 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

We should just call ourselves the Vancouver Modos.
Get Sundin at the deadline, sign Forsberg, trade for Lidstrom, and get Lundqvist as a back-up.


Thr Canucks aren't going to win this one either. And if you think we're going to score 5 goals, you must be half drunk already!

6-2 Tampa.


At January 31, 2008 at 4:45 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Nicely done made Foppa look more retarded than usual :)

At January 31, 2008 at 4:51 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

thanks mike. big head...small helmut!! :)

Hey Jin! 1-0 Nucks. Bourdon scores early!!! Lecavalier and Burrows fighting? I like this game already!!
Vinny: "Toi, tu es merde!!"
Burrows "Je ***** ta mere!!"
Vinny: "Quel idiote!! Let's dance, bitch!"

At January 31, 2008 at 7:15 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah nevermind. 4-3 Bolts. I guess it's time to fall out of a playoff spot.

At January 31, 2008 at 8:37 p.m. , Anonymous Temujin said...

What a downer... thank god I was working and didn't get to watch that disaster.

I'll be happy to put January behind us. The tide is going to turn now.


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