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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Poile says he doubts Forsberg will return to NHL news services

Veteran forward Peter Forsberg ruled himself out of the upcoming World Championships. He also said he was unsure about whether he'll return for another NHL season.

Well, Predators GM David Poile may have shed more light on Forsberg's future.

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Poile told local reporters Tuesday that he doubted Forsberg would come back to the NHL for the 2007-08 season. He didn't come to this conclusion based on talks the two had over the weekend after the Predators were ousted by the Sharks in the first round, but rather the physical toll the forward has taken over the years.

"If he said he was going to play, I don't think he'd rule out Nashville,'' Poile said. "I think his experience was good here. I don't think he's thinking, 'I'll only play in Denver.' ... I think he's thinking of not playing.

"I'll talk to him in the next couple of days,'' Poile added. "Obviously I'll ask [about his status] and if he needs some time to think about it and he tells me he hasn't ruled out Nashville, then I'll tell him, 'Take as much time as you want.' "

The Predators acquired the former NHL MVP from the Flyers for forward Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent and two draft picks just before the trade deadline. Forsberg battled with foot problems before the deal, when he was in Philadelphia and missed time in early March with an upper-body injury. He had 15 points in 17 regular-season games, followed by four points in five playoff games for Nashville.

Over the weekend, Forsberg told the Swedish press he would not play for Sweden at the worlds, which begin April 27 in Russia, and he was unsure about his future.

"It has been a really hard season in the NHL for me. No use going if you can't add anything," Forsberg told the press. "I have other things than playing the World Championships to think about ... I don't even know whether I will be playing ice hockey next season.

"I will be here in Nashville until the middle of May, then we will see what happens."

Forsberg had 11 goals and 29 assists in 40 games for the Flyers this season, his second with Philadelphia after 10 years with Quebec and Colorado. Forsberg is a seven-time All-Star and was the NHL MVP while playing with the Avalanche in 2003. He helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.