Teemu Selanne returns to Anaheim Ducks for last NHL season
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Teemu Selanne is returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st and final NHL season.
After spending most of the summer contemplating his future, he announced his decision Friday in a humorous video posted on YouTube by the Ducks. The 43-year-old forward agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Ducks.
Selanne is the 15th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,430 points, and his 675 career goals are 11th-most in league history.
Two weeks before the Ducks open training camp, Selanne confirmed he'll join them - but for the first time, he insisted he's finally finished with hockey after this year. The Finnish Flash has spent parts of 14 seasons with Anaheim, and his family lives in Orange County year-round.
Selanne has spent the summer contemplating retirement every year since Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007, always electing to return to the Ducks.
Selanne's role diminished slightly last year with the Ducks, who won the Pacific Division title before losing in the first round of the playoffs. He had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games, but still displayed his usual speed and goal-scoring acumen despite decreases in ice time and production late in the season.
Selanne took a pay cut from last season's $4.5 million salary for his final return to the Ducks, who committed $135 million to cornerstone forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in eight-year contract extensions last season. Anaheim then traded goal-scoring forward Bobby Ryan to Ottawa.
Selanne's announcement video shows him struggling at golf, eventually throwing his bag into a lake in frustration. When he realizes his phone is in the bag, he jumps into the lake to retrieve it before calling Ducks general manager Bob Murray.
"I'm coming back," Selanne says. "Yeah, but this is it. This is my final one."
With 675 goals, Selanne is six goals behind 41-year-old New Jersey forward Jaromir Jagr for 10th place in NHL history. With strong seasons, both veterans could catch Mark Messier (694), Steve Yzerman (692) or Mario Lemieux (690) on the career goals list.
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