Markus Naslund couldn't sit around and wait to hear if there would be an NHL season any longer, so he's packing up his bags and heading back to Sweden.

The Vancouver Canucks captain, who once said he would await the fate of the 2004-05 season before exploring options in Europe, is getting ready to join MoDo of the Swedish Elite Hockey League.

The Naslund family are leaving their rental residence this weekend and heading to Ornskoldsvik, Sweden.

Naslund left MoDo in October to avoid additional taxes as a Swedish resident working in the country for more than six straight months.

"I'm real close to leaving," Naslund told the Vancouver Province. "I thought by mid-January we'd know either way and obviously it (lockout) looks like it's going to drag on and there might not be a set date where they'll tell us either way.

"I need at least a week of practice (with MoDo). I couldn't just step right in there."

Naslund wanted to beat the Jan. 31 player-transfer deadline for European clubs.

Although MoDo boasts an impressive roster that includes the likes of Peter Forsberg and Vancouver teammates Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the club has struggled this season.

MoDo sits in sixth in the Swedish Elite League with a 13-12-9 record.

Naslund hasn't played a game with MoDo since the 1990-91 season, when he scored 10 goals and 19 points in 32 games.