Forsberg signs tryout deal with Modo

Updated: September 23, 2009, 12:16 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM -- Peter Forsberg is set to play for his hometown team Modo in a Swedish Elite League home opener against Frolunda on Thursday in yet another comeback attempt following a lingering foot injury.

The former NHL MVP has practiced with the team since early August and also played two games during a preseason tournament in Switzerland a month ago.

"I really played awfully and I was ready to quit," Forsberg said on the team's Web site. "But I've felt good recently and I'm ready to go. If I have made six or seven comebacks before, I suppose I can make another one."

Modo gave the 36-year-old Forsberg a one-week tryout contract, which means he'll play at least three games. He can play with Modo until the NHL season begins Oct. 2 without jeopardizing a possible comeback in the NHL.

"If you love hockey, you love Peter Forsberg," Modo coach Miroslav Horava said.

The veteran center, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003, has played only sporadically the past two seasons because of an ailing right foot, which already has been operated upon.

The forward made a late-season return to the Avalanche in 2008, but injuries kept him out of nine of 18 regular-season games and three of four games in the second round of the playoffs.

He tried playing for Modo last season, but only managed two games before calling off that comeback attempt. Last month, Forsberg was named to Sweden's preliminary Olympic roster for the Vancouver Games.

"This is great," Sweden coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson said. "Let's hope that it works."


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