That’s all that it took Peter Forsberg to re-evaluate his decision and retire from professional hockey, the NHL, the Colorado Avalanche.
Am I mad? no
Why you ask?
The two weeks of waiting on pins and needles were painful to watch, the waiting, the watching of cell phone shot practice videos, the ‘good days, bad days’ comments from Peter himself, I couldn’t help but feel this wasn’t going to last.
As selfish as this is going to sound, I don’t think, deep down, this was about the Colorado Avalanche and ‘helping the team’ reach/go deep into the playoffs.
This was about Peter Forsberg, and going out on his own terms.
Remember the way Joe Sakic went out? not with a top shelf wrister in an OT playoff game, but with a rash of injuries that kept him watching his team instead of helping them. Did Peter want that, I doubt it.
As fans, some of us are probably asking ‘why, Peter, why did you waste our time, your time?’ It’s a valid point, but did you REALLY think the addition of Peter Forsberg was all the sudden going to inspire this team out of its current slump? Were we blinded by the Forsberg of Old?
Even though I didn’t see either of his games, I feel as though it’s better this way. Much like when a close family member is nearing the end, you don’t remember their final days, but instead the entire lifetime of memories you shared.
This is the way I feel about Forsberg. I don’t feel this comeback was a waste. I feel like it was closure. One of the best hockey players in a generation decided that only the Avalanche were worthy of his final swan song. Because of that, today I am damn proud to be an Avs fan.
Thank you Peter, and Sail on.