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Forsberg skates again, decision possible Sunday

by Rick Sadowski

DENVER -- Peter Forsberg skated early Saturday morning at the Pepsi Center before the Colorado Avalanche's 3-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, and it is possible an announcement regarding his comeback attempt will be made Sunday when he practices with the team.

The Avalanche are scheduled to leave at noon MST for Phoenix to begin a week-long, four-game road trip that includes stops in Minnesota, Columbus and Phoenix.

Avalanche Vice President Jean Martineau said Saturday that Forsberg, 37, would not be able to board the team charter unless he is signed to a contract, which would allow him to continue practicing with the team on the road in preparation for an eventual return to the playing roster.

Forsberg skated for about an hour with assistant coaches Steve Konowalchuk and Sylvain Lefebvre, one day after sounding upbeat about his progress following a team practice and saying he was "very near" to making a decision on his status.

Forsberg wasn't available for interviews Saturday because it was a game day, but Avalanche coach Joe Sacco was impressed after watching him skate.

"I see improvement every day," Sacco said. "I think he looks better and better each time he steps on the ice. I think his conditioning is getting better.
Now it's up to Peter. It depends on how his (troublesome right) foot feels and where he's at."

The Avalanche have lost three games in a row and five of their past six, but Sacco said Forsberg's presence and the media attention he has been receiving hasn't been a distraction.

"Not at all, not at all," Sacco said.

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