Teemu Selanne will continue his NHL career in Anaheim for at least one more season. The 41-year-old forward has signed a one year, $4 million contract with the Ducks. We’re pretty sure this move was done to ensure that Jaromir Jagr won’t get all of the “this guy is old and he’s skill scoring goals” coverage this season.
Selanne had a very impressive 31 goals and 49 assists last season for a total of 80 points in 73 games with Anaheim. Last year he became the oldest player to score a hat trick since 1980. He finished 8th in scoring, tied with Henrik Zetterberg and only five points behind Alex Ovechkin.
If it was up to us Selanne would never retire.
Here’s video of him making the announcement:
Teemu Selanne currently sits 27th in all-time scoring in the NHL. He’s only nine points behind Mats Sundin, so he should be able to move up on that list this season. A 55-point season would put him ahead of Luc Robitaille and into 20th place on that list. If he somehow hit 80 points again, he’d be tied with Adam Oates for the 16th spot.
At this point in time, we’d say that anything is possible. He’s only 250 points out of the top ten.For those who are wondering, the Anaheim Ducks play their first game of the season in Winnipeg on December 17. That game will be on CBC and it should be an exciting return for Selanne who started his NHL career with the original Jets.
Sure, it would probably be considered showboating if it happened today and met with scorn from around the league, but if Selanne scores in Winnipeg, we want to see this one more time: