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Watch out for Forsberg

Friday, 01.28.2011 / 8:37 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / Ready to Raleigh

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Joel Quenneville is keeping pretty good tabs on what is going on in Denver these days as superstar Peter Forsberg tries to make another comeback with the Colorado Avalanche.

Forsberg shocked the hockey world when he showed up in the Mile High City last week to skate with the team, looking to play in the NHL for the first time since limping away with a foot injury after the 2008 postseason.

Ironically, Quenneville was the coach of that team and he watched Forsberg fight for fitness as the Avalanche made a playoff drive.

Now, three years later, the Avalanche is again in a playoff fight, sitting in a three-way tie for the eight and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Quenneville knows the elation that is being felt now by GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco.

"It's great for them. I know three years ago when he came back, he was somewhat limited in some of his activity but he was still probably the most amazing player in the game," Quenneville said Friday night. He could do so many things then that not too many players could do. He was a big factor in us getting in the playoffs and he was great in the first series against Minnesota and then we lost him in the series against Detroit. Going into the Detroit series, we felt we had a real chance and then when he got hurt in the morning skate, it was like we were all devastated."

So, does Quenneville believe the 37-year-old Forsberg has more magic left to pull off another meaningful comeback.

"Watching him in a couple of clips there, he looks like he was ready to play," Quenneville said. "It's good for (Colorado) and we'll have to deal with it.

"You get him in a game, he still does things that nobody can do. I'm sure everybody they must be excited."

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