One more year! One more year! One more year!
Teemu Selanne hears almost every time he steps out on the ice and for now, he is heeding the advice of fans.
Selanne signed another one year contract to play with the Ducks, worth $4.5 million, and Ducks fans just breathed out a collective sigh of relief.
“While I’m still amazed by his speed and skill level, it’s Teemu’s love for the game and his teammates that make him so special,” said GM Bob Murray. “Anaheim is where he belongs.”
Indeed, Anaheim is Selanne’s happy place. The now 42 year old has spent some of his most productive years in a Ducks uniform and leads the franchise is all time scoring. Last season he led the team in scoring with 26 goals and 66 points.
The ageless Finn has 663 goals and 1,406 points in his career. 937 of those points have been with Anaheim. He is ranked 12th all time in goals and fourth all time in power play goals. He is only the third European player to score over 1,400 points (Jaromir Jagr and Stan Mikita are the other two.)
“I still feel I can play at a high level,” said Selanne. “I can’t wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans.”
Clearly, as the brief video released by the Ducks shows, Selanne is not ready for a desk job with the organization. Get that man on the ice where he belongs!
“Age is a funny thing,” Selanne continued. “A lot of times, I don’t really feel 42. It all depends how good you feel, how healthy you are and how much passion you have for the game. That is why I still enjoy the game. It’s fun to go to the rink every morning. It sounds pretty old when you say 42 as a hockey player. Mentally, I am still the same level as Getzlaf and those other guys. That is most important and that is why I am still in the game.”
There seems to be no slowing for Selanne. The one thing that could work against him would be the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Without a new agreement, the NHL could be headed for another lockout.
“I really believe that hockey is going to get really hurt again if there is going to be a lockout,” Selanne stated. “I don’t think there is room for a lockout in hockey. Hopefully, they are going to sign a deal that is good for both sides. It really didn’t affect my decision. I can’t control that decision. I can only hope and wish the best. I still hope we can start the season on time and we can enjoy this game. It will be too bad if it doesn’t start on time.”
For now, Ducks fans have something to look forward to in seeing one more year out of a guy you hope never retires.