Peter Forsberg will finally play for the Philadelphia Flyers, who signed the former NHL MVP yesterday to an two-year, $11.5 million contract.
The Flyers originally drafted Forsberg in 1991 but dealt him to Quebec in the Eric Lindros trade in 1992. Since then, Forsberg has become a seven-time All-Star and the league's most valuable player with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.
''Peter Forsberg is one of the best players in the game," general manager Bob Clarke said in a statement. ''We signed him knowing that he puts us over the cap and we will have to trade some guys now."
The Flyers scheduled a news conference for this morning. The Avalanche say they offered him the maximum they could afford, $13.5 million over four years.
''He had the offer and he chose to go to Philly," said Colorado spokesman Damen Zier.
Forsberg helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, though injuries limited him to 39 games in 2003-04. Last season, he played for the Swedish Elite League.
When he's healthy, Forsberg can do it all. In fact, he became the type of dominant all-around player that Philadelphia hoped Lindros would become.
Forsberg was originally drafted sixth overall by the Flyers, but his rights were traded a year later with Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, two draft picks, and cash to Quebec for Lindros.
To make room for Forsberg's salary, the Flyers were reportedly set to trade center Jeremy Roenick to the Kings. Roenick told Philadelphia radio station WIP he was expecting to be traded, though a team spokesman said there was no deal to announce.
Captain shipped outThe Islanders traded captain Michael Peca to the Edmonton Oilers for center Mike York shortly after signing high-scoring forward Miroslav Satan to a three-year deal.
Peca, the two-time NHL defensive forward of the year, helped lead New York to three straight postseason appearances.
Satan signed with the Islanders just three days after being cut loose by the Buffalo Sabres. He became an unrestricted free agent when the Sabres declined to qualify his $4 million contract for next season.
Avalanche sign pairSpurned in their efforts to keep Forsberg and Adam Foote, the Colorado Avalanche turned around and signed veterans Pierre Turgeon and Patrice Brisebois to two-year contracts.
Turgeon, a 17-year veteran and four-time All-Star, will play Forsberg's center position. He has 495 career goals. In 2003-04 with Dallas, he had 15 goals and 25 assists. Brisebois, a defenseman like Foote, has played all 15 of his previous seasons with Montreal.
In other moves :
The Montreal Canadiens re-signed Alexei Kovalev to a four-year deal worth $4.5 million per season, and inked former Detroit forward-defenseman Mathieu Dandenault to a four-year contract that will pay him $6.9 million
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Bryan Berard to a two-year deal worth $2.2 million per season.
The Minnesota Wild signed forward Marc Chouinard and goaltender Manny Fernandez.