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Forsberg in Sweden regardless

While the NHL tries to sort out its labor problems, Peter Forsberg is set on his plans. The Colorado Avalanche star will play in Sweden, even if part of the NHL season can be salvaged.

Forsberg, the 2002 NHL MVP, signed a one-year contract with Modo and joins a long line of Swedish NHL players returning to the Elite League following the owners' lockout.

"It feels best this way," Forsberg said at news conference in his native Ornskoldsvik. "I've always said that I'll play one more year for Modo Hockey, and now we're here."

Forsberg grew up playing for Modo's junior teams. His contract with the Avalanche expired this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent. He left the window open for an NHL return.

"I wouldn't say the circle has been completed," said Forsberg, 31. "We'll see what happens later."

Forsberg said he most likely will play in the Elite League opener Tuesday. Forsberg's father, Kent, will coach the team, which immediately becomes a favorite to win the league.

"Not many in my position are fortunate enough to put the world's best player on their roster," said Bengt Hedin, Modo's sports director.