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in the Crease
Pierre McGuire
December 10, 2001
Contrary to published reports last week, Avalanche center Peter Forsberg, who hasn't played this season and is in his native Sweden recovering from various injuries, has nor begun skating. In fact Forsberg has told friends that he was so discouraged by what he considered the low caliber of his play for the last couple of seasons, which he attributes to his various ailments (ankle and shoulder injuries, plus a splenectomy last May), that he wants to recover fully before returning....
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December 10, 2001

In The Crease

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Contrary to published reports last week, Avalanche center Peter Forsberg, who hasn't played this season and is in his native Sweden recovering from various injuries, has nor begun skating. In fact Forsberg has told friends that he was so discouraged by what he considered the low caliber of his play for the last couple of seasons, which he attributes to his various ailments (ankle and shoulder injuries, plus a splenectomy last May), that he wants to recover fully before returning....

A select group of NHL general managers will meet in New York City this week to discuss possible rules changes. The two most important on the agenda are requiring a penalized player to remain in the box the full two minutes, even if an opponent scores on the power play, and not permitting a club that's shorthanded to ice the puck....

The struggling Devils (10-10-2-2 through Sunday) are shopping 2000 Calder Trophy-winning center Scott Gomez and hard-hitting defenseman Colin White. New Jersey is looking for offensive help and is interested in the Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier....

Expect the Predators to announce long-term contract extensions for general manager David Poile; his assistant, Ray Shero; and the coaching staff, led by Barry Trotz. This management team is among the best in hockey....

Leafs wing Gary Roberts deserves credit for his work ethic. With coach Pat Quinn intent on rolling four lines to keep his troops fresh for the stretch drive, many Toronto players are privately fuming. Instead of complaining, Roberts, who thinks he needs more action to keep sharp, comes to practice an hour earlier than his teammates and works out on his own.

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