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Forsberg eager to live up to hype

PHILADELPHIA -- Peter Forsberg hopes to bring the Flyers the
championship Eric Lindros couldn't deliver.
Forsberg, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million almost two weeks
ago, toured Philadelphia on Monday, and put on a Flyers sweater for
the second time. He wore a Philly jersey after the Flyers selected
him in the first round of the 1991 NHL draft, but never played with
the team.
"I made sure this time I got a no-trade clause in the deal, so
they can't get rid of me," Forsberg joked.
Forsberg was part of the trade that brought Lindros to the
Flyers in 1992. Philadelphia sent Forsberg, four other players, two
draft picks and $15 million to Quebec to get Lindros.
While Lindros never lived up to high expectations in
Philadelphia -- he feuded with management and eventually was traded
to the New York Rangers in 2001 -- Forsberg became a perennial
All-Star and was the league's most valuable player with the
Colorado Avalanche in 2003.
"Our goal is going to be to win the Cup," Forsberg said. "For
me, personally, I don't really look around at what people are
saying or writing or anything. It's just what we have to do as a
group and how we have to achieve that goal. It's a long season and
a lot of things have to go right."
Philadelphia general manager Bob Clarke, the captain on the
Flyers' championship teams in the 1970s, hasn't stopped smiling
since Forsberg agreed to a contract. The Flyers also signed
defensemen Derian Hatcher, Mike Rathje and Chris Therien before
getting Forsberg.
"We think that this is the best player that we've had in years
and years in this organization," Clarke said. "At this time in
August, we're a great team. We'll see where we are in November, but
we're really, really excited to have Peter here with us, and we
hope he puts the finishing touches on our team."
The 32-year-old Forsberg has recorded 216 goals and 525 assists
for 741 points in 580 regular-season games over parts of 10
seasons. He represented Sweden at the Winter Olympics in 1994 and
1998, and is fourth on the NHL's all-time list for most assists per
game.
His arrival in Philadelphia has significantly increased fan
interest in the Flyers. The team hired 22 sales and customer
service representatives to handle more than 83,000 inquiries for
season tickets and game plans.
"Bob Clarke and our entire hockey office have done an
incredible job of putting together a top-notch lineup for the
upcoming season," Flyers president Ron Ryan said. "The response
has been overwhelming and we can't wait to drop the puck."