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Selanne plans to return for one more season

Aug 30, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

Teemu Selanne isn’t leaving the NHL. Not yet anyways.

The 43-year-old forward has announced that he will return for one final season with the Anaheim Ducks. That’s a decision that wasn’t easy for him to come to and after such a long wait, he decided to make his reveal as memorable as possible by filming this video of him trying his hand at golf:

Plenty of fans will appreciate the humor on display there and Ducks supporters will be particularly happy with the price he agreed to, given the team’s salary cap constraints. He is set to earn $2 million in 2013-14, according to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

Selanne has nothing left to prove after getting his name on the Stanley Cup and enjoying years of success and longevity. At the same time, he does have some major milestones and feats that he could still accomplish.

He’s just 39 points shy of becoming the first player to ever record 1,000 points in a Ducks uniform and he could surpass some past greats in the NHL’s all-time goals leaderboard, including Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, and Mark Messier.

On top of that, this will give him one last shot at an Olympic gold medal with Team Finland. And, of course, one last shot at recapturing the Stanley Cup.

  1. curioustraveler13 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Still a better golfer then giroux. Congrats to ducks fan. He is a heck of a player and it is quite the accomplishment for him to still be playing at this level given his age.

    • mikedmcclain - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      my classmate’s aunt makes $63 every hour on the computer. She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her check was $15348 just working on the computer for a few hours. browse this site…

    • juzzi7 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      More like Congrats to NHL fans, It’s a pleasure for anyone to see Teemu play.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    That’s hilarious! And I’m glad the flash is back!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      He thought about sticking around until someone breaks his NHL rookie goals record, but …

  3. btlpper68 - Aug 30, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Cool. The sad part for Anaheim hell
    B one of their best players, u know ur team Dosent have much depth when
    A 43 yr old is one of ur top

    • orangandblack - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      R.I.P English

    • jcastner2721 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      ummm obviously you dont know anything about the ducks or how to speak clearly.

  4. deathbat20 - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    this was hilarious, glad to see Selanne back, he’s one of the players everyone likes and roots for

  5. spochiefsfan - Aug 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    In most cases, you may be right about the age factor. But Selanne isn’t most cases. The Flash is a living legend and would be top 6 on any team.

  6. namriverrat69 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    It has been great to have enjoyed his long career over the years. He is a tremendous player and should be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. I’m glad he’s coming back and we get to see him one last year. I admire his loyalty to his Ducks. Unfortunately they are the second best team in SoCal, but I’ll get to watch him a number of times at my seats at Staples Center and maybe a game or two at The Pond in Anaheim. I know it’s the Honda Center now but it will always be the Pond, just like Edison Field will always be The Big A for Angel fans.

    • jcastner2721 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      In case you didnt realize, it hasnt been called Edison Field for close to a decade. Its Anaheim Stadium.

  7. canucks30 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Brett Favre

    • ejbigg - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      Don’t you dare compare Teemu to that creature

    • jcastner2721 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      Not even close… Teemu never threatens retirement. He says hes going to take the summer to think things over. Not exactly Brett Favre-esk

  8. rebekah319 - Aug 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Teemu you rule!!! Glad your back again!

  9. blackhawks2010 - Aug 30, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    He’s had a great career, not sure there’s anything left in the tank…

  10. bruinsfan19 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Great to see Teemu return for 1 more year. He is a legend and a future hall of famer. He is awesome to watch, he still has one more good year in him like 20G 20A which would be good for a 43 year old

  11. jacketsfan7 - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Hell score 39 points this year

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      I think you’re lying.

  12. proudliberal85392 - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Good deal! He’s one of the greats and a lot of fun to watch.

  13. amityvillefun - Aug 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Video was funny. Guy obviously doesn’t take things too seriously.

    Here’s hoping you have a great season Teemu! Light it up and break some records.

    I happened to clean out my shed today and found a stack of my old hockey sticks. One of them was a Selanne from his Jets days. Groovy.

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