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Flyers GM: Agent says Forsberg mum on return for at least a week

PITTSBURGH -- Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul
Holmgren isn't optimistic that longtime NHL star Peter Forsberg
will rejoin the team this week.

Holmgren traveled to Sweden earlier this month to speak to
Forsberg about returning to Philadelphia. Forsberg, a former league
MVP who won two Stanley Cups with Colorado, played 1½ seasons with
Philadelphia before being traded to Nashville late last season.

Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, called Holmgren during the
weekend and said Forsberg won't make any decision for at least a
week.

"He has a big decision to make, so he needs a little more
time," Holmgren said Sunday.

The 34-year-old Forsberg hasn't played this season due to foot
and ankle injuries and, until recently, wasn't dropping any hints
that he was considering a return to the NHL. He has ruled out
playing for his former Swedish team.

"We seem to be spending a lot of time talking about Peter but,
until we actually know he is coming back to the NHL, it is sort of
a moot point," Holmgren said. "I am still not convinced he is
coming back to the NHL. A lot of people seem to think that he is
coming to the Flyers, but I certainly don't feel that way."

However, Holmgren also wasn't told that Forsberg definitely
won't return to the Flyers.

"Other than the fact that we have not gotten a call and other
teams did [that Forsberg isn't interested in playing for them],
well, that leaves us in the game, I guess," Holmgren said.

Forsberg has 248 goals and 623 assists for 871 points in 697 NHL
games. He had 30 goals and 85 assists in 100 games with
Philadelphia the previous two seasons.

The Flyers' injury situation might heighten their interest in a
possible Forsberg return.

Left wing Simon Gagne sat out the final two periods of a 4-3
loss Sunday in Pittsburgh with a concussion, his second this
season, and will be evaluated Monday. Gagne missed 26 games from
Nov. 8-Jan. 8 with the same problem.

Right wing Scottie Upshall (high ankle sprain) was hurt last
week and is expected to miss at least several more games.