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Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

Posted on: September 15, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 3:52 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

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."

As soon as the video was released, word came down that Selanne was returning on a one-year deal for $4 million with the Ducks. Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times first reported the figures.

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.

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:10 pm
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Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:50 pm
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

If you're netting 30 goals per season, its pretty clear you've still got it!!! Look at last year. Selanne- 31 goals, Recchi- Key contributor to winning a Stanley Cup, Lidstrom- Norris Trophy winner. These players showed they can still compete at a high level, in what has become a young man's game.



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:39 am
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

I only wish that Paul didnt retire and played with teemu one last time



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:21 am
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

What a waste..Did they sign his boyfriend Kariya too?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:01 am
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

The guy is amazing, I've never seen a forward like him.  41 years old and putting up the numbers he puts up is absolutely incredible, out of this world.  How he does it we'll never know.  If he stays healthy the guy could probably play another 2 or 3 years and do very well.....


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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:20 am
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Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:11 am
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

If I were him, I would sign with the Winnipeg Jets for my last years. Finnish where you started. That would be cool to see him wearing the Jets uniform again.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

I respect the Duck fans comments, as he has been a great player for that franchise for several years. However, on Dec 17th, you will see sheer love and an outpouring of emotion when he hits the ice in Winnipeg, where it all started with a 76 goal rookie season. He was as popular a player as Bobby Hull was, in his time (5 seasons) here. The MTS Centre will be madness when he gets introduced, and Teemu will get more cheers than any of the current Jets...............................

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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

His assault on the record book continues then Cool

75 more pts away from Doug Gilmour 1,415 for 17th

32 more goals from 668 Luc Robitaille for 10th all-time

12 more PPG's from 248 passing Robitaille for 3rd

9 more GWGs away from Brett Hull's 111 2nd alltime

The Finish Flash welcome back.

Only Johnny Bucyk scored more (36) as a 40+ yr old than Teemu's 31 last season of all the NHL all-time 50 goal season scorers.

If his knee doesn't bother him much no reason he can't play a few more seasons. He's still a great player.



Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Selanne returning to Ducks for another season

TEAM TEEMU!!!!


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