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Selanne tempted by KHL offer

Aug 11, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Teemu Selanne is clear when he says he won’t play in the National Hockey League again.

However, when it comes to whether he’ll play professional hockey again, well that seems up in the air.

While speaking at a press conference to announce the Teemu Selanne Hockey Academy in his native Finland, the 44-year-old wouldn’t rule out a possible return to the game.

Finnish hockey reporter Juha Hiitelä has more:

Selanne, who played 1451 NHL games over 21 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, has reportedly been offered as much as $10 million to join Jokerit of the KHL in his hometown of Helsinki.

Selanne, the 10th overall selection of the Jets in 1988, scored 684 goals and 1457 points during his NHL career. He is a four-time Olympian and was a part of the Finnish team which won the bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Socchi. Selanne won his one, and only, Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

Related: Ducks to retire Selanne’s number Jan. 11 vs. Winnipeg


  1. ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    what’s up with the tweet strings today? If I can’t watch his games next year, I don’t care about reading ONE tweet about whether he’s playing them or not, let alone four of them.

    • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      turns out the KHL runs a free streaming service for their games. so I take it back… I may actually care now.

      also, I may now be watching far more hockey than the woman will tolerate this winter… I was already testing the limits with just NHL and AHL.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Jeez, ibie. You’ve been posting all over the place lately (good to see you back). This is the first really negative thing I’ve seen you write. You didn’t have to click on the article about Teemu.

      What happened? Elastic go out of your shorts or something?

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        no Teemu is awesome. one of my favorite players ever. but if I can’t watch, I can’t seem to find a way to care about whether or not he plays his, what, 24th season? lemme guess: playing in the inferior KHL, Selanne will beeeeeeee….. dominant? most likely.

        but it’s all moot anyway, now that I found out the games are streamed free. if he joins Jokerit, I’d probably watch him a bit on their website…. when I start getting Selanne withdrawals.

  2. scoochpooch - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    6 months ago, I was thinking there was a possibility of a KHL-NHL merger one day but doubt that now due to Putin’s insanity.

    • killerpgh - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      What possible reason would the NHL have to merge with the KHL? I can’t think of any.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        making sure they don’t lose OV and Malkin?

      • killerpgh - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Maybe it’s just me, but even if every Russian/European born player left the NHL I just don’t see 2 leagues from 2 different continents merging.

      • ibieiniid - Aug 11, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        was joking.

  3. jkaflagg - Aug 11, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Back in the day hockey (and baseball) players who could no longer play in the majors often played several more seasons in the minors, where they could keep up due to their experience and the lower speed/ quality of play. Selanne can do what he wants, and I think he’d probably thrive in the KHL since the physical game is much less evident than in the NHL….but I’d like to remember him as a great player in the best league in the world.

  4. stevepopo - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    $10 million for a year of hockey??? Let me know if you need to borrow a pen, Teemu.

  5. namriverrat69 - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t see the problem. It is his life and he can do whatever he wants and owes no one an explanation. Does he criticize all of our life decisions? Older baseball players go to Japan. Older basketball players go to Europe or like the soon to be “The Pandas Friend” go play in China.

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