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Teemu Selanne on KHL rumors: 'I don't think so but you never know'

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Teemu Selanne is in the 21st season of his NHL career. (Getty Images)
Teemu Selanne is in the 21st season of his NHL career. (Getty Images)

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Teemu Selanne made it pretty clear before this season began that it would be his last in his storied NHL career. He debated whether he'd return to the Anaheim Ducks or not, eventually ditching the golf clubs and retirement for another year of hockey.

But earlier this week reports started to surface out of Europe that Selanne might be done with the NHL but not hockey. Top Finnish team Jokerit, based out of Helsinki, is making a move to the KHL next season and it was being suggested that Selanne might play for them in their inaugural season in the Russian-based league.

Well speaking to Jim Rome on CBS Sports Radio on Thursday, Selanne pretty much shot down that speculation, though not completely.

"I don't think so but you never know in this business," Selanne said. "I've always said I wanted to retire in the NHL."

The Finnish Flash also talked about the idea of hanging on too long vs. retiring too early, saying that he would rather play longer than perhaps he should than the other way around but if we're being honest, this season has been close to an indicator that he's near the latter of those options.

Selanne was a regular scratch this season when the Ducks had a congested schedule to keep him fresh but even when he was in the lineup the 43-year-old Selanne average just 14:08 of ice time per game. He finished the season with nine goals and 18 assists in 64 games, doing much of his work on the power play.

In the meantime, Selanne has something else to focus on, a postseason series against the cross-town Kings as he tries to go out in the NHL with a second Stanley Cup.

 
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