GM can't lure Forsberg to Canucks

November 17, 2009

Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis says Peter Forsberg is going to stay in Sweden this season.

Gillis was considering signing the former Avalanche star but said he learned Monday that Forsberg wanted to stay in his home country.

Forsberg, who is playing for Modo of the Swedish Elite League after 12 NHL seasons spent mostly with the Avalanche, has dealt with nagging ankle and foot problems for several years.

"My understanding is Peter is going to stay and play in Modo, and he won't return to the NHL this year," Gillis said Monday. "It's a tribute to him that he didn't want to put himself in a position where he was taking a roster spot and not being an everyday player in the NHL."

Alex Ovechkin appears set to return from his injury layoff when the Capitals visit the Rangers on Tuesday night. Asked after practice if Ovechkin would be in the lineup, coach Bruce Boudreau said, "As of today, he is." Ovechkin, who suffered an upper-body injury against the Blue Jackets on Nov. 1, has 14 goals and nine assists this season. He said he's ready to go but would wait to see how he's feeling Tuesday. ... Penguins defenseman Alex Goligoski is expected to miss two to three weeks because of an unspecified lower-body injury.

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