Forsberg won't play for Swedish team Modo, seeks NHL return

Updated: January 31, 2008, 4:45 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Peter Forsberg has decided not to play for his hometown team Modo this season, instead setting his sights on a return to the NHL.

Peter Forsberg

Forsberg

Forsberg made the announcement to Modo hours before the deadline for transfers in the Swedish hockey league. "My goal is to go back to the NHL," Forsberg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

The 34-year-old Forsberg has been sidelined with a foot and ankle injury since finishing last season with the Nashville Predators, but has recently indicated he wants to return to the NHL if he is healthy.

He has practiced with Modo in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik, raising hopes there that he would play for the team in the Swedish league. Modo sports director Erik Holmberg said that Forsberg informed the club Thursday he would not be available this season.

Forsberg told Aftonbladet that he would continue training before the Feb. 26 deadline to sign with an NHL team.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the league'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.


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