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.
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.