Sunday, February 03, 2008

The latest Forsberg and Brunnstrom update

As promised, the latest Peter Forsberg news:

ON CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program, The Hotstove (formerly known as the Satellite Hotstove), Scott Morrison stated that both Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Vancouver Canucks GM Dave Nonis are in Sweden on a scouting mission and to possibly talk with Peter Forsberg. Morrison added that one unidentified team has offered Foppa a 3 year deal, and another is prepared to offer $4-5 million a year (pro-rated).

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes the Dallas Stars have increased their efforts to sign Forsberg. He also thinks the Flyers and New York Rangers are frontrunners, with the Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks making calls to the Swedish centre. Source

The Courier Post believes that the Flyers are "clearly the favorites" to land Foppa.

Everyone's favourite Swedish prospect, Fabian Brunnstrom, has received a lot more interest since the report a week ago that 5 teams were on his short list.

Philadelphia Flyers GM is in Sweden on a scouting assignment to watch Brunnstrom and a few other Swedish draft-age players, and could make a contract offer. Source

Ottawa is also making a late bid. "We're interested in him," Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed yesterday morning at the Air Canada Centre. "But we can't do anything until his year is totally over, nothing can happen until this summer, and then he's like every other free agent. It comes down to recruiting." Source

The Boston Bruins don't want to be left out of the Brunnstrom party, and they are interested as well. "But we're in that mix, too," said GM Peter Chiarelli. "He's a kid with some dimension to his game, some size [6 feet 2 inches, 205 pounds], can play either wing." Source

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