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Ducks, Selanne are glad he’s wrapping things up in Anaheim

Aug 30, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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While one can easily question the validity of the rumors, at some point this summer, the most anxious of Anaheim Ducks fans pondered two unsettling possibilities: Teemu Selanne retiring or playing for a different NHL team.

Luckily, that crisis was averted, as the 43-year-old icon announced (via charmingly funny video) that he’ll finish things off with a victory tour 2013-14 season in Anaheim.

To little surprise, both sides seem relieved that it’s happening this way, as the team’s Web site reports.

“I’m so happy to be back,” Selanne said. “I’ve always wanted to finish my career in Anaheim, and I plan on making it count.”

GM Bob Murray agrees in full.

“It’s great to have Teemu back. He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” Murray said. “We are so pleased that Teemu will end his career where he belongs.”

Some of his friends are already weighing in on Twitter.

Former teammate Brad May was clearly excited on Friday.

The same can be said for reunited teammate Dustin Penner.

Awwwww.

  1. canucks30 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    • daley814 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      that could be funny but heres one thing you seem to be forgetting brett farve retired twice before choosing to come back…teemu selanne never filed retirement papers…he was a free agent the last 3 years before he resigned…but thats a very good try

      • canucks30 - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        What about when he and Niedermeyer retired after winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 only to return midseason the following year?

        Or the will he or won’t he dithering following the 08,09,10,11,12 and now 13 seasons?

        Or when he said the 2010 Olympics would be his last only to likely return for Sochi 2014?

        Or when he said he may retire if the NHL locks out the players in both 2005 and 2012?

  2. daley814 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    he never filed the retirement papers…if actually paid attention everything hes done since the 07 season was based on how he felt…did he contemplate retirement yes…did he ever officially retire no…hes one of my all time favorite players ive been following this very closely since it all started

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