Following two months of rehabilitation for an ankle injury, Peter Forsberg appears that much closer to a return to the ice -- and possibly the NHL.
According to a report on The Sports Network of Canada's Web site, Forsberg told a Swedish television station on Monday that he intends to begin full-speed skating in the next several weeks.
Forsbeg told Sweden's SVT that he's encouraged his ankle will hold up, according to TSN. At the same time, he acknowledged that the window for a comeback is shrinking.
The 13-year NHL veteran was working out with the Swedish national team in November, in preparation for the Karjala Cup, when he abruptly left the ice, saying his ankle was not doing well.
"I have to say, I've never been so close to saying my career is over right now," Forsberg was quoted as saying in Toronto's Globe and Mail at the time.
"I'm going to check with the doctors to see one more time what can be done," he told the newspaper. "They should be able to fix it. I don't want it to be any major procedures, if it's a small thing they can fix, I'll be OK, if not I think I'll let it be. It's looking pretty dark."
TSN said Forsberg also might, if healthy, opt to play for the Swedish team Modo instead of trying to find an NHL home before the 2007-08 season ends.
Forsberg, 34, became an unrestricted agent when the Nashville Predators' playoff run ended in the first round last season. Forsberg had 55 points in 2006-07, 15 of those after Philadelphia traded him to Nashville last February for two players and two draft picks.