STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Peter Forsberg has ruled out a return to the National Hockey League 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 told SVT. ''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.
As for Forsberg returning to the NHL, agent Don Baizley said Forsberg could return to North America next season.
"Peter isn't ruling out anything at this point, so next year is a possibility," Baizley concluded.
Forsberg, 35, made a late-season return to the Colorado Avalanche last year, but injuries kept him out of half of team's final 18 regular season games and three of the four games in the second round of the playoffs.
SVT reported that Forsberg had also 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.''
In addition to winning two Stanley Cups with the Avalanche, he won the NHL's MVP award in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists.