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Interest in Forsberg mounting, but Flyers GM denies report

VOORHEES, N.J. — Peter Forsberg has generated lots of interest among NHL teams looking to add a veteran scorer.

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.

The 33-year-old Forsberg is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent on 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.

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