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He’s back: Selanne agrees to one-year, $4.5 million deal with Anaheim

Jul 12, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

Teemu Selanne isn’t saying goodbye just yet.

That’s the word out of Anaheim today as the club announced Selanne has agreed to a one-year deal with the Ducks:

“I still feel I can play at a high level,” said Selanne. “As I always say, this is my happy place and I can’t wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans.”

Lisa Dillman of the LA Times reports the deal will be worth $4.5 million — a $500,000 raise from the $4 million he made last year.

Selanne, who turned 42 on July 3, returns for his 20th NHL season after scoring 26G-40A-66PTS in 82 games last year.

With Dwayne Roloson still unsigned and Nicklas Lidstrom retired, the new deal officially makes Selanne the NHL’s oldest active player (the second oldest is Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr, 40.)

“While I’m still amazed by his speed and skill level, it’s Teemu’s love for the game and his teammates that make him so special,” said Ducks General Manager Bob Murray. “Anaheim is where he belongs.”

With the signing, a veteran-laden Ducks club gets even older. The 42-year-old Selanne will suit up next season alongside Saku Koivu (37 years old), Sheldon Souray (36 on July 13), Toni Lydman (34), Francois Beauchemin (32) and Bryan Allen (31).

  1. elemeno89 - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    THE FINNISH FLASH IS BACK AND BETTER THAN MOST PLAYERS HALF HIS AGE.

    for reals though. this is awesome. i love seeing this guy play.

    • polegojim - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Always liked him – well deserved.

  2. gaborik104life - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    And thats how you announce a decision regarding your future. Someone send the link to Lebron James please.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    I would have given more. He deserves it and it helps hit the cap floor

  4. quonce - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    waiting for Joe yerdon to comment on a co workers column …..

  5. geo91 - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Look up the video the ducks released on how he decided to resign haha it’s awesome

  6. fleshybear - Jul 12, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    love to have a second announcement about signing corey perry too

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