Just two days after Peter Forsberg seemingly closed the door on a return to the NHL this season, the veteran forward stuck his problematic foot into it and kept it ajar.
"The foot doesn't feel 100 percent, but there is still a week left until the deadline," Forsberg was quoted as telling Swedish national television in the Philadelphia Daily News.
Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, told teams Monday that Forsberg did not have enough confidence in the strength of his surgically repaired right foot to play in the NHL this season.
"He's been hopeful that he would get the level of confidence that he needed, but he can't," Baizley told The Associated Press by phone Monday. "I don't know how close or how far away he feels. He was hopeful up until this weekend that he would be able to do it."
The Flyers, Avalanche, Senators, Canucks, Blackhawks and Wild were teams reportedly still in the running for his services before Forsberg's announcement.
"Don Baizley just said he is not certain that he is able to come back. He didn't close the door completely," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told the newspaper. "It's still open a crack. We'll all have a definite answer in a week. Whether that means anything or not, I don't know."
Forsberg, 34, has until the Feb. 26 trade deadline to sign and be eligible for the playoffs. He was expected to ask for a two-year deal that averaged in the $3 million range, according to the Camden Courier-Post.
Forsberg spent 1½ seasons in Philadelphia and was the team captain last season until he was traded to Nashville.
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.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.