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Former NHL MVP Forsberg ready for another comeback in Sweden

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Swedish ice hockey star and former NHL player Peter Forsberg says on a news conference February 17, 2009. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Hakan Nordstrom/Scanpix Sweden) Author: The Hockey News

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Former NHL MVP Forsberg ready for another comeback in Sweden

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STOCKHOLM - Peter Forsberg is set to play for his hometown team Modo in a Swedish Elite League home opener against Frolunda on Thursday in yet another comeback attempt following a lingering foot injury.

The former NHL MVP has practised with the team since early August and also played two games during a pre-season tournament in Switzerland a month ago.

"I really played awfully and I was ready to quit," Forsberg said on the team's website. "But I've felt good recently and I'm ready to go. If I have made six or seven comebacks before, I suppose I can make another one."

Modo gave the 36-year-old Forsberg a one-week tryout contract. That means he'll play at least three games.

While the NHL season begins on Oct. 2, Forsberg could make a comeback any time before the league's trade deadline in March.

The veteran centre, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche and was the NHL's MVP in 2003, has only played sporadically over the last two seasons because of an ailing right foot after surgery.

The forward made a late-season return to the Colorado Avalanche in 2008, but injuries kept him out of nine of 18 regular-season NHL games and three of four games in the second round of the playoffs.

He tried playing for Modo last season, but only managed two games before calling off that comeback attempt.

Last month, Forsberg was named to Sweden's preliminary Olympic roster for the Vancouver Games.

Sweden coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson and Modo coach Miloslav Horava welcomed Forsberg's decision.

"This is great, let's hope that it works," Gustafsson said.

"If you love hockey you love Peter Forsberg," Horava said.

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Former NHL MVP Forsberg ready for another comeback in Sweden