It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, but for a lot of people out there, getting the confirmation was a huge deal: Teemu Selanne has put pen to paper, and committed to returning to the Anaheim Ducks for one more season.
His new contract pays him 4.5 million, a solid half-million dollar bump from his previous season with the Ducks. In 2011-12, he racked up a team-leading 66 points on a roster that includes much younger stars like Bobby Ryan, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf. And to top it all off, at nearly 42 years of age he became the oldest player ever to play every game on his team’s schedule in a season.
From Selanne in the Ducks’ press release:
“I still feel I can play at a high level. As I always say, this is my happy place and I can’t wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans.
Generic! (Or classy, depending on your built-in levels of cynicism.)
Hockey’s Highlander will see his legend continue to grow out in California – here’s to hoping the Ducks have a great season and make it worth his while.