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Peter Forsberg back with Avalanche

The 37-year-old Hall-of-Famer signed a one-year deal for a pro-rated portion of $1-million. He doubted he would play tonight for Colorado against the Coyotes, but he should play soon.

The Avalanche see it as a no-lose move. They're a very young team and the presence of such a solid leader can only help.

"The first couple of practices were tough. Guys were flying around you and I felt like I was 47 instead of 37," Forsberg said. "It might be the case when I get out playing, I don't know, but it has been feeling better and better, and I came here to try and I want to play hockey. I love playing hockey. I'm not sure I'm going to be good. We'll see when I get going."

The Avalanche is currently 12th in the West, four points from eighth.

The guess here is Forsberg, who hasn't played in the NHL since 2007-08, won't be able to get Colorado over the hump and back in the chase. If the Avalanche gets there, it'll be due to the same group that made Joe Sacco's team a viable contender in the first place, led by future captain Matt Duchesne.

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