Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Experience does matter in the NHL

While it would be kneejerk to dismiss this, you can't help but argue that sometimes an NHL team needs an experienced veteran on the ice in crucial situations, especially with a team full of young players:
With Simon Gagne sidelined for six to eight weeks, would the Flyers be interested in bringing past-his-prime forward Peter Forsberg back to Philly? Well, general manager Paul Holmgren is keeping his options open, but he downplayed a report that the Flyers have dispatched scout Ilkka Sinisalo to the Karjala Cup specifically to check out the 36-year-old Forsberg. The tourney starts Thursday in Finland.

I don't think anyone would expect Forsberg to be "Forsberg" at this point, but he could bring experience and the opportunity to take advantage of certain kinds of teams on the power play. Forsberg on the ice means scoring. If your team needs help scoring, you could do a lot worse than taking a chance on Forsberg. He's been beat up, but he's still only 36.

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