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Forsberg won't play in NHL this season

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Peter Forsberg has ruled out a return to the NHL this season.

Forsberg told Sweden's national broadcaster SVT on Friday that if he's able to play at all, it will be for his hometown club Modo in the Swedish league.

"There won't be any NHL this season, that's totally clear," Forsberg said. "If I can play it will be in the [Swedish] Elite Series and Modo."

The injury-plagued forward has been back on the ice in recent weeks to test his ailing right foot.

Forsberg, 35, made a late-season return to the Colorado Avalanche last year, but injuries kept him out of half of the team's final 18 regular-season games and three of four games in the second round of the playoffs.

SVT reported that Forsberg also had declined a spot on Sweden's national team for the LG Hockey Games tournament Feb. 5-8.

"I will be training with Modo during the national team break and I hope to make a decision after that," Forsberg said. "Modo understands that I'm still not sure I can play, but the foot feels better today than it did at the start of the week."

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003.