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Flyers and Predators legend Peter Forsberg, who also played with the Avalanche and Nordiques during his mid-NHL career, gave a lengthy interview to the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast that aired Tuesday morning.

A very interesting discussion with former NHLers Ryan Whitney and Paul Bissonnette that is worth 56 minutes of your time.

Here are some of my takeaways from the interview, so obviously spoilers ahead. Read no further if you want to hear this without my heated hesitation.

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  • He claimed that he was a growing kid more interested in snacking than lifting weights.
  • His goal never became the NHL because he thought it was a distant dream and really wanted to play for his hometown Modo team. He wanted to stay at home as long as possible.
  • He loved being nicknamed Foppa when he was growing up. He says he preferred it to the harsher sounding “Peter”… you know, his birth name.
  • Don Beazley (his agent) told him he was going to be picked higher in the ’91 draft than originally thought. Forsberg expected to be a second- or third-round pick, but was shocked to think he could go as high as the middle of the first round, as Beisley predicted. He ended up going sixth overall to the Flyers.
  • Forsberg gloats about the Lindros trade that sent him to the Nordiques. There’s so much to unpack in this whole saga that could have taken an hour, but he prefers to redirect the question — more charmingly, I might add — to the talented team he’s landed in and how happy he’s been to be with that group. players
  • Speaking of those players, I remember the last year of the Nordiques in Quebec because that was my team, but you forget how loaded they were with young talent and how close they came to making the jump in that city. He then talked about Pierre Lacroix doing what he thinks the team needs to get better, and how that includes trading away talented players like Owen Nolan, Mats Sundin and Wendell Clark to get bring in some savvy veterans to help lead them to a bowl game.
  • Playing his first season in Quebec in 1995 was made easier by the fact that it was a lockout-shortened season. The transition to North America, the style of play and the league were better for him with a shortened rookie campaign.
  • In discussing the move, Forsberg twice mentions the move to Colorado, which allows players to pay where they wouldn’t be able to pay Quebec salaries. I don’t think the league would let this happen because of the huge legal issues with the players union, but it was interesting to hear it put from a player’s point of view.
  • Forsberg talks about hearing rumors of a move during his rookie season, but doesn’t appear to have invested much in it. Claims to have learned of the move to Denver from a phone call that summer. I would love to hear the call the players received informing them of the complete relocation of their jobs across the continent.
  • He only attempted the shootout move that now bears his name once before attempting it in the Gold Medal game against Canada at the 1994 Olympics in Norway…and he missed. So the goal that won Sweden the gold, and which would infamously live on postage stamps, was actually the first successful attempt at the move.
  • He told a story about running out of gas in the playoffs in the late 90s. Based on what he said, I figured the year was 1999 because he was talking about a series against the Sharks. One flaw I found in his replay, he said it was against Dallas last year, which couldn’t be. I assume he was referring to the famous 1998 series in Edmonton where the team blew a 3-1 series lead and lost in seven. That’s neither here nor there. Who am I to challenge the narrative of the great Peter Forsberg (yet, here I am…)? The point of his story was that they lost Games 3 and 4 against the Sharks after taking the first two contests, and Bob Hartley asked the room what the problem was. Patrik Roy stood up and pointed at Forsberg and said he wasn’t putting in any effort, and the Avalanche goaltender could see it. To his credit, Forsberg said running out of gas last year made him think the best way to win was to conserve energy for the later rounds. After Roy called him out, he responded with a goal and an assist in Game 5, and the Avs went on to take the series, 4-2. He was still a young player at the time, but it’s ridiculous to think that a trusted Hall of Famer could get chewed out by a teammate in front of the locker room…even if that teammate is a legend of the game.
  • Forsberg didn’t think the spleen injury was too serious at first and was more concerned about missing the balance of the playoffs. After Los Angeles’ Game 7 in the second round of the 2001 playoffs, he was having dinner with some teammates when his left side started hurting. He went to the ER on the advice of the team’s trainer, thinking it wouldn’t be too bad, and said within an hour and a half he had lost 1.7 pints of blood in his body, almost causing him to die.
  • He returned to Sweden after training camp the following year to recover from surgery on his ankle, thinking he would be out for just a few months, but needed another tendon procedure after returning to Denver in January. It was a problem that caused him to miss the entire season and put his playoff hopes in jeopardy. He also said he participated in only one full-contact practice before the start of the postseason before he was cleared to play the opener against the Kings.
  • He was not paid during that stretch when he was injured, telling the team not to pay him while he was at home trying to get healthy and pain free. “The stupid thing was that it was my highest paid year, so it was a bad time personally. I guess my economics studies didn’t work out on that one.”
  • Forsberg was one of Crocs’ earliest investors and got into the company thanks to a pair of friends from the Boulder area. He came on board under the impression that they were boat shoes and ended up being the man who introduced the company’s products to the Nordic market. It’s interesting to note that Forsberg’s biggest money-making game (outside of his NHL contracts) involved a comfortable shoe, given that his career was hampered and ultimately cut short by foot and ankle problems.
  • Anyone who knows about Forsberg’s career knows about his foot problems, but it was kind of scary to hear that he’s had over a dozen surgeries to fix his foot problems, including one to move his heel (what? ?!) and the other to move. it backfired when they realized the heel wasn’t the underlying problem (WHAT?!).
  • He told his teammates and the head coach that he was leaving between periods of play with the Flyers because of foot issues. Forsberg would look back later in the game after scoring a goal and an assist and earning one of the stars of the game. Go figure.
  • Discussing the time since the lockout, when he will be leaving the Avalanche, Forsberg talks about how he had no ill will towards the team and understood the rationale behind their thinking. He had a meeting with Lacroix and both sides wanted to stay in Denver, but it couldn’t work with the new salary structure. The last part of this made me laugh because it highlights the self-awareness he was saying. “I understand their decision and I was looking down on my career after the lockout, they made the right call.”
  • This one was shocking to me because this is the first I’ve ever heard of this. After the lockout ended and Forsberg and Foote were among the Avalanche’s main casualties, he nearly signed with Boston before settling on Philadelphia and the team that drafted him. Imagine what Peter Forsberg would look like in a Bruins sweater… Now imagine him in the Predators and you’ll get the same vibe. Just a weird look.
  • Speaking of the Preds, Forsberg was in Nashville for a pair of games the weekend after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately for Foppa, both games (including Friday’s contest against Colorado) were canceled due to a burst water main. Tough times for a guy who flew in from Switzerland to see the games.

Again, it’s a great interview with Forsberg. I wish he had gone into more depth about playing with Sakic, other than a brief discussion about his mentorship, but that’s fine.

The one thing I would absolutely live to hear was about the stories you hear about his reaction to the Deadmarsh trade in 2001. The connection between the two, and how that trade almost led to Foppa leaving Denver, is always mysterious and listening to his side. would be attractive.

If you were listening, did I miss anything that was interesting or new to you?

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