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Monday, November 16, 2009
Updated: November 18, 12:52 AM ET
Forsberg staying in Sweden

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was looking into signing former Colorado Avalanche star Peter Forsberg, but said he learned Monday that Forsberg wanted to stay in his home country.

On Tuesday, Forsberg's agent, Don Baizley, confirmed to ESPN.com that Forsberg has decided to continue playing with Swedish league club Modo, rather than attempt another return to the NHL.

"He just wasn't confident enough about his foot at this stage to tackle the NHL season, so he's going to play in Sweden this season to see what happens after that," Baizley said.

Forsberg, who spent most of his 12 NHL seasons with the Avalanche, has dealt with nagging ankle and foot problems for several years.

"I think it's a tribute to him that he didn't want to put himself in a position where he was taking a roster spot and not being an everyday player in the NHL," Gillis said.

Philadelphia, Boston and the New York Rangers were among the NHL teams that had confirmed interest in Forsberg to ESPN.com. But NHL scouts who saw Forsberg play two weeks ago at a national tournament in Helsinki did not come away impressed.

Former NHL star Markus Naslund, meanwhile, has come out of retirement to join Forsberg on Modo.

"I will do anything to get in shape and hope I can add something on the ice, but as everybody understands it's not just to get on the ice and perform," Naslund said in a statement. "I'm really looking forward to play with Modo again and the fact that Peter and I will do it together is of course something really special."

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press was used in this report.