Hockey

Forsberg, Naslund reuniting in Swedish league for free

Swedish stalwarts Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund are teaming up again, this time to save their old hockey club.

Swedish stalwarts Peter Forsberg and Markus Naslund are teaming up again, this time to save their old hockey club.

The two longtime friends and former NHLers are returning to play for struggling Modo in the Swedish Elite League this season, and they're doing it for free.

"I will do everything in my power to get back in game shape, and I hope I can contribute to the team's success, but I'm sure everybody understands that you can't just jump in and dominate the league," Naslund said in a release.

"I'm looking forward to playing with Modo again and of course, the fact that Peter and I can do this together makes it even more special."

Forsberg, who decided not to attempt an NHL comeback on Monday, played three games for Modo earlier this season.

The two Swedes dominated the Swedish league in 1993 when they both led the Modo offence as 19-year-olds.

Both players are 36 now, and their club is struggling mightily this season. Modo is last in the league standings and nine points from the last playoff spot.

"They truly have pure Modo hearts, and the club will naturally see if there's a way to reward them if the team plays really well," said Fredrik Andersson, Modo's director of hockey operations.

Naslund retired after the 2008-09 NHL season, ending a 15-year career.

The last time Forsberg and Naslund were teammates was during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

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