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Swede wants out of Philadelphia
Dave Waddell, Windsor Star
Published: Tuesday, January 30, 2007


DETROIT - With the Detroit Red Wings holding a scouting staff summit this week in Florida, the team can now throw Peter Forsberg's name into the mix of potential candidates to fill their need for a top-six forward.

Forsberg met with Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren Monday and reportedly gave the Flyers permission to explore trading him. The 33-year-old Forsberg can still control his destination because he has a no-trade clause in his contract.

"He wants out of Philadelphia badly there's no doubt about that," one Wings scout confirmed. "It's been discussed trying to bring him here."

The Wings interest in Forsberg will depend entirely on his health.

"There's been one inquiry, a long time ago, only to say that if he were healthy we'd like to hear from Paul at the deadline, if he's going to move him," a Wings official said. "If he's going to be dealt, just place a courtesy call to us."

Forsberg is in the final year of two-year deal worth $11.5-million US. The Wings have just over $2-million left to spend and they have said they plan to spend as much of it as possible.

They could afford the balance of Forsberg's contract and still leave themselves about $600,000 to play with.

"I can't say we're the front-runners," said the Wings' official of the persistent rumours that Detroit's large Swedish contingent and cap space make the Wings a leading contender for Forsberg.

"We have no interest if he's not real healthy."

The feisty forward has missed 16 games this season with a chronic foot problem. He has only eight goals and 29 assists in 33 games this season, but has six points in his last six games.

During the All-Star break, Forsberg went to Sweden for four days to visit a foot specialist to help him find a skate boot that fits his foot better.

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