Teemu Selanne isn't done yet.
The Finnish star who was contemplating retirement this offseason largely due to an operation on his knee, made the announcement that he will be returning to the NHL next season.
For those that can't play the video, it's a brief clip outside the Honda Center where Selanne simply says "Hi guys. You guys knew I can't stop playing yet, so I'm back, for at least one more season. My middle name is One More. We start the season in Helsinki, so see you there."
The Ducks had been waiting to hear Selanne's decision on a return, taking a small gamble by holding a spot for him on the roster. It's no wonder why. Despite just turning 41, Selanne was one of the most efficient players in the league last season, totaling 80 points (31 goals, 49 assists) in 73 games. His return is massive for Anaheim, which is hoping to continue it's rise in the Western Conference.
“As he showed again last season, Teemu still has the drive, determination and skill to play at an elite level,” GM Bob Murray said. “Most importantly for us, his passion comes from not just playing, but playing for the Ducks.”
Indications all summer long were that Selanne wanted to play another year, he just wasn't sure if his body would allow for it. He underwent surgery on his knee at the end of June, causing the concerns. It had little to do with age and being able to still play at a high level, he proved last year that's still not a concern.
“I’m very happy that my knee has recovered from surgery and is ready for the season,” Selanne said in a statement. “I’m excited and optimistic about what this team can do and thankful to have another opportunity to play in Anaheim.”
One of the great things about Selanne returning is that he'll have a chance to return to Winnipeg to play the Jets, the city where he began his NHL career back in 1992. The Ducks make the trip to the 'Peg on Dec. 17.
A sure-fire Hall of Fame entrant when he's done playing, Selanne is one of, if not the best, European player in NHL history. He enters the season at 40 years old having already scored 637 goals and 703 assists for his career.