David Zalubowski, Associated Press
NHL forward Peter Forsberg has reached a deal that will return him to the Colorado Avalanche. The 34-year-old last skated for the Avs in 2003.

DENVER — The Avalanche and Peter Forsberg have agreed on a deal to bring the 2003 NHL MVP back to Colorado through the end of the season.

Forsberg won two Stanley Cups in his nine seasons with the Avalanche and won the Hart Trophy in 2003 after scoring 29 goals and adding 77 assists.

But foot and angle injuries have plagued him in recent years and he hasn't played more than 60 games in a season since 2002-03, when he suited up for 75 with the Avalanche.

Forsberg finished last season with the Nashville Predators and is an unrestricted free agent.

"We're proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he's enjoyed so much success early in his career," said Francois Giguere, Colorado's executive vice president and general manager.

"His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level," he said.

Forsberg said he has worked "extremely hard" to arrange his return to Colorado.