The team confirmed the Swedish star, a former Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, was able to clear up some lingering immigration paperwork. He is expected to play on the same line with center Matt Duchene and right wing Milan Hejduk (MEE'-lahn HAY'-dook).
He began practicing Jan. 22 to see if he was physically able to play after several troublesome injuries. Forsberg agreed to a contract on Feb. 6.
The 37-year-old helped the Avalanche win two Stanley Cups during 11 seasons with the franchise. He captured the 2003 Hart Trophy, leading the league with 106 points (29 goals and 77 assists) in 75 games.
You've got to focus on playing good hockey. When we do that we give ourselves a chance to win games. Win games and then maybe we''ll have a chance at the end. You can't worry about something like (the division title) when we're not playing our best hockey down the stretch. We'll figure things out together the way we always do and get back on the right page.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews after loss to Flyers on Wednesday left them five points out of first place in Central Division