Friday, August 28, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Swede Comebacks?

Forget talking about whether or not Mats Sundin will play this season, Foppa is back on the ice too.

It seems like "comebacks" are the style right now and Peter Forsberg's on again, off again relationship with professional hockey seems to be on...again! Forsberg suited up for Modo, his hometown team, in a 2-1 preseason win over Swiss side Geneva on Thursday night.

Not only that, the 36-year-old appears to be in Sweden's Olympic plans - making the cut for the preliminary squad.

USA Today reports Forsberg thinks his chances of playing in the Vancouver Olympics are "very small," but that could just be him being modest. It really all comes down to the issues he's had with his wonky right foot over the past few years, although he's also had a few other nagging injuries that have kept him on the sidelines.

Forsberg has a long road ahead to get back to playing at an elite level, but judging by the comments from Sweden's Olympic coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson, it's basically up to him.

Maybe I'm just reading too much into it, but Gustafsson said "we'll see if it will work for him," which to me sounds like a spot on the team is his to lose.

There's something to be said for experience, and while the Swedes do have a lot of it without the addition of Forsberg, it wouldn't hurt to have a two-time Stanley Cup, World Championship and Olympic gold medal winner on the squad.

Back to Forsberg's fellow Swede Mats Sundin, hockey's answer to Brett Favre (minus the MVP awards, the accolades and the championship, but plus the retirement indecision). Will he play this season?

I can tell you that he won't be playing for Sweden in the Olympics even if he does lace 'em up again this winter in the NHL. Coach Gustafsson says he talked to Sundin, who said he has "played his last game for Sweden," so he wasn't included on the 69-man preliminary roster.

As for whether or not Sundin will play this season, one thing is for sure. The always fun to read Puck Daddy blog tells us that Mats will not do what he did last season and wait six months to make a decision.

The Hockey News is guessing that Sundin will end up retiring, but Greg Wyshynski points out that there are people who believe he's got a little bit left in the tank. And, love him or hate him, as hockey fans we all have a soft spot for the old veteran trying to win that elusive Stanley Cup.

Heck, maybe we'll see both Sundin and Forsberg in the league this season. I doubt it, but never say never, right?

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