Teemu Selanne will make a decision on whether or not he’ll return for the 2011-12 season by September 16th. According to a blog post by Selanne at MTV3 from Finland, the 41-year old continues to test his knee on and off the ice but will hold off on making his decision for another few weeks.
Selanne underwent surgery on his left knee in June, and has spent his summer rehabbing at home in Finland. According to a loose translation of his blog post, Selanne was forced to alter his offseason regime from previous years in an effort to get his knee to where it needs to be. The good news is that it sounds like he would like to return to Anaheim for a 19th NHL season, but he’ll obviously have to wait and see where his knee is when training camp starts.
Selanne was optimistic about the status of his knee come training camp:
The next three weeks show the direction of my future hockey players. Training camp begins on 16 September, and it is the final deadline for a decision. Until now, the knee has been pretty good, and I believe that it will be even better.
Much like they did with Scott Niedermayer in the summer leading up his final NHL season, the Ducks are exercising patience when it comes to the intentions of one of their veterans. Selanne showed that he could play a major offensive role last season at the age of 40, putting up 31-goals and 80-points in 73 games.
We hope he’ll be back, but we’ll have to wait and see if his knee is ready for one last go.
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