We wanted it to work. Anyone with a beating heart hoped Peter Forsberg could defy age and his creaky body and travel back in time to the days when he ranked as one of the world’s greatest hockey players.
But it’s not working. Forsberg is still trying to recover from a groin injury so he can aid his lagging Colorado Avalanche teammates. The Avs trail the mighty Detroit Red Wings two games to none in the NHL playoffs.
Comebacks by the greats follow a script. When Michael Jordan busted out of retirement, basketball fans in Washington, D.C. rejoiced as they hoped for the full return of His Airness. Instead, fans saw a broken-down, creaky version of one of the game’s all-time greats.
No one should question Forsberg’s desire. He badly wants to play.
But even Forsberg can’t defy the clicking clock. He looks aged, beaten-down and virtually done.