TAMPA, FLA. -- Many teams will be looking to take a Flyer at this year's NHL trade deadline.
Injury-prone centre Peter Forsberg has insisted publicly he doesn't want to be traded, but it's believed he wouldn't balk if the club decided to deal him.
A potential unrestricted free agent in July, Forsberg, 33, has a no-trade clause in his contract.
But, as a high-profile agent noted last week, if the team continues to produce way below expectations -- they are currently worst in the Eastern Conference at 6-14-2-1 -- asking Forsberg to waive his no-trade clause likely wouldn't be difficult.
The Swede, who twice won Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche, surely doesn't want to be part of a Flyers program which is essentially rebuilding.
The Avalanche, it is believed, wouldn't mind bringing him back to help take some of the pressure off captain Joe Sakic.
The word is that Colorado is dangling defenceman Karlis Skrastins as part of a package.
Sure, Forsberg has been saying the right things publicly, but when the Flyers go to talk contract in January, is he really going to want to stay there if the club has no shot at making the post-season?
Forsberg has been troubled by chronic ankle problems, but many nights when he's hurting he's still better than a lot of guys who are playing at 100%.
Which is another good reason why he is going to be a valuable commodity at the trade deadline -- if not before -- on Feb. 27.