Forsberg may try comeback with Swedish national team

Updated: January 15, 2008, 10:32 AM ET
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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Peter Forsberg is still hoping for a return to the ice, and might make a second comeback attempt with the Swedish national team next month.

Peter Forsberg

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Forsberg has been sidelined with a foot and ankle injury since finishing last season with the Nashville Predators, but Sweden coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said Tuesday that the former NHL MVP might try to play in the LG Hockey Games in Stockholm between Feb. 7-10.

"If he's well enough, we'll of course give him a chance," Gustafsson told The Associated Press.

Forsberg tried to play for Sweden in the Karjala Cup in November but had to pull out after the first practice session on ice. He said his foot still felt unstable in a skate, and was unsure whether he'd ever play again.

However, Gustafsson said he spoke to Forsberg on Monday during a sports gala in Stockholm, and that the star was optimistic about his comeback.

"He said he's going back on the ice next week. If he recuperates and holds up in the following few weeks we'll take it from there," Gustafsson said. "The main thing right now is that he recovers."

Forsberg told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter he has been training off the ice for the past month and is still hoping for a return to the NHL, but is unsure what team he would play for. The deadline to sign with a team is Feb. 26.

"I will definitely choose a team that is guaranteed to reach the playoffs, that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup," Forsberg said.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists. He also helped lead Sweden to Olympic gold medals in Lillehammer in 1994 and Turin in 2006.

Injuries have plagued him in recent years and he hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since suiting up for 75 games in 2002-03 with the Avalanche.

According to the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill, N.J., Forsberg told the Swedish media on Monday that he expected his ankle would be "100 percent" thanks to a surgical procedure he underwent in November.

According to the report, Forsberg, who faces a Feb. 26 roster deadline, said he will decide on a possible return to the NHL as soon as he believes his foot can withstand the rigors of the season.

"I wouldn't go [back to the NHL] if I wasn't in good shape," Forsberg said, according to the report. "I know what it takes and the day I do my comeback I will be ready to play with the best."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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