Colorado forward Peter Forsberg took part in his first full team practice Monday at Family Sports Center. The free agent acquisition participated in all drills and said he felt well after the skate.
Forsberg’s return to the Avalanche’s lineup could come as early as Tuesday against the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center
“It’s a game-time decision, we’ll see tomorrow morning. I realize that these are big games, so hopefully I can be there,” said Forsberg. “It’s going to be great to get on the ice with those guys.”
“Peter looked good today,” said Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville. “I thought he skated well. He’s been skating well since he’s been here. We’re going to visit with him in the morning and see how he feels. There’s a chance he could play tomorrow.”
Quenneville added that the decision will ultimately fall to Forsberg himself.
“It’s going to come from Peter; I think he knows his body. As we visited with Joe on game-days over the process of him being out and Paul being out, you almost want to see how they feel in the morning before they make that commitment.”
Forsberg currently stands fourth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 741 points (216g/525a) in 580 career games. He stands first on the organization’s all-time post-season assist list (97); second in playoff goals (57) and points (154); and second in post-season game-winning goals (12).
Quenneville stated following Monday’s practice that Ryan Smyth and Marek Svatos were undergoing further testing. Both players were injured during the second period of Saturday’s game against Los Angeles.
The Avalanche head coach said that the team should know more about the injuries this afternoon.
“[Smyth’s] got a shoulder injury, and we’re going to find out the extent of it,” said Quenneville.
Svatos suffered a knee injury when he collided awkwardly with the boards in the corner of the Kings’ zone.
Quenneville also hinted that defenseman Jeff Finger (hand) should return at some point during Colorado’s four-game homestand.