With trade rumours swirling around the veteran star centre, Forsberg and Holmgren agreed the only thing that matters right now is figuring out the player’s foot/skate problems which have plagued him all season long.
“We said that we have to figure out the foot before we talk about anything else,” Forsberg told reporters after the meeting. “And that’s what we’re going to focus on.”
Until the 33-year-old Swede feels any better, it’s useless to talk about a possible trade.
“Everybody is looking at the trading deadline and talking about that but it’s just so far out of the question right now,” Forsberg said.
Forsberg has been limited to 33 of his team’s 49 games this season, collecting 29 points (8-21). A long list of NHL clubs would love to add the pending unrestricted free agent before the Feb. 27 trade deadline but Holmgren insisted he’s not shopping him right now.
“He’s never really been on the table,” said Holmgren. “Teams have called and the basic conversation goes something along the lines, ‘If you ever get to that point where you’re going to move Peter Forsberg, we would have interest.”‘
Right now, however, Forsberg’s foot issues are preventing matters from becoming more advanced.
“And that sort of keeps everything else on hold,” said Holmgren. “We’re trying to resolve the problem he’s having and it’s an ongoing thing. I feel like we’re making some headway.”
But the clock is ticking. The Flyers need an answer from Forsberg before the Feb. 27 deadline. Does he want to stay or go?
“I think we’ll know in a fairly short period of time,” said Holmgren. “It’s Jan. 29 today and the trade deadline is Feb. 27. There’s still some time.”
Holmgren would rather re-sign his top centre but didn’t rule out dealing him if Forsberg gets healthy.
“If he’s got a chance maybe at some point, and he’s feeling better, to go to a team and maybe help a team win, he may want to do that,” said Holmgren. “But right now there’s just no sense talking about that.”
Forsberg said he didn’t know what would happen at the trade deadline.
“It depends on what the Flyers what to do,” said Forsberg, earning US$5.75 million this season. “But we really didn’t talk about it today because we have to figure out the first problem first.”
Added Holmgren: “If Feb. 28 comes along and Peter is still a Flyer, then so be it.”