Forsberg’s future in Philadelphia still in question
Peter Forsberg’s future with the Philadelphia Flyers is still uncertain, even after a meeting Sunday with team chairman Ed Snider. Forsberg and Snider agreed to meet again to discuss the team captain’s future with the franchise. Forsberg has been bothered by lingering foot and skate issues that cost him considerable time this season. That has led to speculation the Flyers could shop him around before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. He is playing out the final months of a two-year, $11.5 million contract. While he has long maintained his first priority is to re-sign with the Flyers, teams are asking the organization about Forsberg’s availability. Forsberg had said he did not want to commit to a contract until he was closer to finding a skate that will accommodate his surgically repaired ankle. He traveled to Sweden during the All-Star break and, with his skate woes seemingly solved, has played well recently. The Flyers issued a statement yesterday that said Snider and Forsberg met and “have agreed to continue their discussions.” Snider declined comment to The Associated Press at last night’s Philadelphia 76ers-Dallas Mavericks game.
• New Jersey center John Madden missed the final 6:28 of the first period yesterday after being hit by a shot and cut on the right side of his face in the Devils’ 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Madden received an undisclosed number of stitches and played the final two periods wearing a visor on his helmet. He had a nasty gash below his eye and his face was badly swollen and black and blue after the game. Droplets of blood dripped occasionally from his nose as he talked to reporters.
“I have seen guys take a lot worse shots than this and get back out there,” Madden said. “That’s the way the game is played.”
• Stars center Eric Lindros missed yesterday’s game against Colorado with a lower-body injury. Lindros hasn’t scored a goal since Nov. 20 against the Avalanche. He has played in 24 games since, and yesterday was the 12th game he’s missed because of injury in that span. The Stars said he is day-to-day. Lindros has five goals and 21 assists in 44 games for the Stars since signing a one-year deal last summer.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed goaltender Fredrik Norrena to a multiyear contract yesterday, locking up a Finnish rookie who has played a large role in the team’s fortunes this season. Norrena has appeared in 33 games with Columbus and compiled a 14-13-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and two shutouts. He set the franchise record for longest shutout streak when he went 155 minutes and 28 seconds without allowing a goal from Nov. 25 to Dec. 9. That span included back-to-back shutouts at Edmonton (21 saves, 4-0 on Dec. 2) and Colorado (42 saves, 3-0 on Dec. 5).
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