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Report: KHL Jokerit offers Selanne $10 million deal (Updated)

Aug 7, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

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Teemu Selanne’s time in the NHL is in the books, but as we previously reported, he’s apparently considering extending his hockey career by playing for his old Finnish squad, Jokerit. The team, which will move from Finland’s top league to the KHL in 2014-15, is interested in bringing him on board. Very interested.

They are willing to pay him $10 million for the season, according to USanomat’s Juha Hiitela. If the 44-year-old forward doesn’t want to go through the hassle of traveling with the team, he can alternatively earn $5 million by playing exclusively in home games.

Update: Jokerit’s CEO has denied that the team has made Selanne such an offer, per the Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. Hiitela is sticking by his report.

Selanne started his professional hockey career with Jokerit before he made the transition to North America. He also played for Jokerit during the 1994-95 lockout.

Based on Cap Geek’s estimates, if he took the $10 million contract it would mean that he will make more playing hockey in the 2014-15 campaign than he did for any one season during his NHL career. His current personal best was his $9.5 million salary for 2001-02. He came with a $2 million cap hit last season.


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  1. steelhammer92 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    That’s gonna be tough for him to turn down.

  2. pjblake2redwings - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    10 million for 1 season.. Thats a done deal for sure

  3. killerpgh - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Not bad at all for a regular season that was only 54 games long last year. Might get extend to 60 games this year.

  4. stixzidinia - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He better get that cash up front before he suits up or else he might not see it. Those KHL/RSL teams have a history or running out of cash and not being able to pay their players for months at a time.

    • cyggyx1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      From the image Selanne has, I don’t see him going with the 5 mil deal. Taking that deal would be a primadona move. Thats something, say, a Lindros or Crosby or Ovechkin would do.

      • rssaspe26 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        First, I don’t know that you can call Crosby a prima donna. You can call him a lot of things, but prima donna isn’t one of them. Second, why is that even a prima donna thing to do? Him demanding to be only required to play in home games would be prima donna, them offering him that deal and him accepting it isn’t. He’s considering retiring, maybe he doesn’t feel like traveling all over Eurasia? It’s a PR stunt, they want the home crowd to see their hero, the team doesn’t care about fans in Russia somewhere.

      • stixzidinia - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:43 PM

        Yeah, despite the fact that Crosby is not even the highest paid player on his team. He took far less than market value to help the Pens out…….for the 2nd time. Yeah, what a “prima donna’.

      • cyggyx1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        oh, btw, I’m a huge Ducks and Selanne fan. There was always some excitement when Karyia and him were flying down the ice. Also, I actually enjoy Crosby as well. I knew throwing his name in there would stir the pot. 😉

    • 950003cups - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      They’ll make sure he gets paid. It’s a PR move to improve the image of the league. Screwing him over would be hypercritically embarrassing.

      • cyggyx1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        So you’d have no problem playing with a guy that only battles half the time and is getting paid 5 mill for that effort? P.R. or not, I’d be insulted by that offer.

        Are they insinuating that I’m lazy, or that I cant compete? or that I’d disrespect hockey and any team I played for with that kind of deal.

        Let me be clear: Demanding or accepting that kind of deal is a prima donna move. No matter the superstar status. (disclaimer: I am currently unaware of either demand or acceptance of said offer, being as how “well informed” the media is these days)

  5. avscup - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    That’s a lot of cars for the collection!

  6. cyggyx1 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    It’s not like he has to skate to each arena………

  7. patthehockeyfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    $10 million to travel w/the team, or $5 million to stay home and not go into Russia. $5 mil is a bargain not to have to go into that country. Been there, screw that.

    • stixzidinia - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      He’d probably PAY 5 million to not have to set foot in Russia.

  8. pigeonbutt - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    This was already disproven

    • pigeonbutt - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Meant to include the actual (Finnish) link as well but the original link contains the translation

      • Ryan Dadoun - Aug 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Thank you. I updated the post to include the denial and mentioned Juha Hiitela’s rebuttal.

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