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Philadelphia Flyers fielding questions about veteran forward Peter Forsberg

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Philadelphia Flyers fielding questions about veteran forward Peter Forsberg

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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgrem said he's been contacted by a number of teams about Forsberg leading up to the Feb. 27 NHL trading deadline. But Holmgrem denied a Denver television report that the Swedish star has been given permission to speak to the Colorado Avalanche about returning to his former team.

Forsberg, 33, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Holmgren was asked if any arrangement is in place in which Forsberg or his agent could talk to Colorado about possible interest by the Avalanche.

"Absolutely not," Holmgren said. "First, I seriously doubt that (reports of such talks) are true. "Colorado is a team that has asked about him. Our stance all along has been when we get to that point with Peter, we'll get to that point."

Forsberg was returning from a four-day trip to Sweden and was unavailable for comment.

"I've talked with Peter a few times, but not about whether he wants to be traded or where he wants to go," Holmgren said.

The Flyers and Forsberg have maintained that no trade is likely if Forsberg can't resolve his foot issues. He has missed 16 games this season due to post-surgery problems with his right ankle.

"Our focus has been on getting his skate-foot issues fixed," Holmgren said. "Then doing something (a contract) with the Flyers longer term."

Holmgren said he won't consider giving permission to Forsberg to talk to teams at this time.

"Not right now," he said. "I think we need to sit down with Peter and talk about options, but not right now."

The GM said he spoke to Forsberg on Wednesday. Forsberg has been consulting with Swedish doctors on this trip with hope of coming up with a solution to his foot problem.

"He has been skating with his junior team and made some adjustments," Holmgren said. "He felt fairly good about the progress that he made."

Holmgren also has not yet started contract extension talks with Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley.

Forsberg, who has eight goals and 20 assists in 31 games, was drafted by the Flyers in 1991 but sent to Colorado in 1992 as part of the Eric Lindros trade. He signed with the Flyers as a free agent in 2005.

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Philadelphia Flyers fielding questions about veteran forward Peter Forsberg