Forsberg rules out NHL return this season

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (TICKER) Peter Forsberg on Friday announced that he will not return to the NHL this season.

Forsberg, 35, told Sweden’s national broadcaster SVT that if he is able to play at all this season, 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 told SVT. “If I can play it will be in the (Swedish) Elite Series and Modo.”

The oft-injured center began skating in recent weeks to test his balky right foot.

Last season, Forsberg joined the Colorado Avalanche as a late-season addition, but missed half of team’s final 18 regular season games and three of the four games in the second round of the playoffs due to injuries.

“I considered returning to the Avalanche, but they are struggling and I didn’t want to take any space under the salary cap,” Forsberg said. “I didn’t want to return to the Flyers after all my foot problems the last time I was there.”

SVT also reported that Forsberg also declined a spot on Sweden’s national team for the LG Hockey Games tournament, which runs February 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 was the NHL’s MVP in 2003 and hoisted the Stanley Cup twice with Colorado.

Over parts of 13 seasons with the Avalanche, Philadelphia and Nashville, Forsberg has tallied 249 goals and 636 assists in 706 games.

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Updated Friday, Jan 30, 2009