ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Sweden – Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg announced his latest attempt at a comeback on Friday afternoon. This time, the injury-riddle forward will skate with his hometown team, MODO Örnsköldsvik.
Forsberg revealed his plans in interviews prior to a press conference scheduled at 15:00.
“Yes, I signed with MODO and hopefully I can play my first game against Skellefteå (February 12) on home ice after the national team break,” Forsberg said to sportbladet.se. “My foot is not 100 percent healed, but I’m optimistic. It definitely feels better than last year when I went to Colorado.”
Despite feeling better, Forsberg thinks he’s not yet ready for the NHL and has excluded a comeback overseas for this season. However, he remains open play for the Swedish national team at the 2009 World Championship.
His focus is now on MODO where the fans idolize their hometown prodigy. The 2007 Swedish champion is currently in ninth place in the Swedish Elitserien and in the hunt for a playoff spot. Only two points separate the teams ranked seventh to tenth.
Forsberg’s has only ever played for MODO in Europe. He played there until he left for the NHL in 1994, and during the 2004-2005 lockout. In 13 NHL seasons – 11 of them with the Colorado/Quebec franchise – Forsberg totals 313 goals and 743 assists in 857 NHL games.
Forsberg won the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP in 2003 and the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer of the 2002-2003 regular season. The 35-year-old won gold twice in both the Olympics (1994, 2006) and World Championship (1992, 1998).