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• So, if recent reports are to be believed, Peter Forsberg has given the Ottawa Senators the privilege of being at or near the top of the list of teams he'd be willing to join at some point this season.

Now all they have to do is somehow come up with a three-year deal worth $15 million for a player who has missed 47 games over the past two seasons.

Here's hoping, for the Senators' sake, they can't come up with that kind of money.

Why the Senators would want anything to do with Forsberg in the first place is mystifying because – read this out loud a number of times if you have to – Forsberg is nowhere near being the player he once was. He plays on the perimeter and while his vision and passing skills are as sharp as ever, his body is broken down and he literally cannot be counted upon from one game to the next.

Let's see, down the middle the Senators have Jason Spezza, who is as creative as Forsberg, albeit without the mental fortitude and toughness that Foppa used to bring to the game. Then there's Mike Fisher, who is emerging as one of the best two-way centers in the game and Chris Kelly, a hugely underrated player who is fast enough and smart enough to play on the top two lines, but is stuck behind Spezza and Fisher. They just picked up Randy Robitaille to center the fourth line and Dean McAmmond is on the injury list.

So why do they need Forsberg? Even more, why does a team that made it to the Stanley Cup final last season and sits in first place in the NHL with an 8-1-0 record even think of bringing in a high-priced player such as Forsberg anyway? It's not like fellow countryman Daniel Alfredsson needs Forsberg, given that he and linemates Spezza and Dany Heatley represent one of the most lethal combinations in the league.

Sens Nation, whatever that is, would be best to leave Forsberg alone. This is a team that might need some tinkering, but not the major overhaul and the headaches having Forsberg would give them.

• Still with Sweden, Ed Belfour was supposed to make his debut for First Division team Leksand Wednesday night, but apparently showed up in less than stellar shape and has been suffering his well-documented back troubles, so his debut has been put on hold.

“Belfour is making progress with each practice and he's doing time on his own with our goalie coach,” Leksand manager Mikael Lundstrom told a Swedish newspaper. “But we want to give him the chance to be really prepared.”

Lundstrom said Belfour will not play Saturday when the team travels to Boras, but could start Oct. 31 when Leksand faces Sundsvall. The team is in no hurry to rush Belfour into the lineup, since their current goalie, Eddie Lack, has a 9-1-1 record with a .933 save percentage, 1.62 goals-against average and boasts three shutouts.

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