One of the most talented players in the history of the NHL is in a quandary.
Teemu Selanne, whose one year deal with the Anaheim Ducks came to a close at the end of the season, is unsure whether or not he’s willing to return for another year of service in the league. After spending 21 years in the NHL, the 43-year-old Finn may have played his final game. Or has he? Or is he just considering changing teams? Clearly, Selanne has a lot to think about, saying as much in a recent interview with Iltalehti in Finland.
“This is the biggest decision of my career. I have three options,” Selanne said. “It’s up to me, if I feel like it, I can focus on golf.”
The three decisions being a return to the Ducks, signing a deal with another team, or just calling it a career. One thing is clear; he’d have his fair share of suitors if he chose to try his luck on a new roster.
Spending the last few years of his career showing the world he’s essentially an ageless wonder, Selanne could no doubt hold his own in another season of work. Despite only notching 12 goals and 12 assists during a lockout-shortened season last year, he still has something left in the tank. He would definitely garner interest from teams looking for a hired gun.
But does Selanne agree?
An All-Star, Calder and Rocket Richard Trophy winner as well as Stanley Cup Champion in 2006, you could very obviously state he’s accomplished a ton during his time in the NHL. If he chose to retire, odds are overwhelmingly strong you’ll be able to add Hall of Famer to that list in a few years.
It all depends on if that itch to play is persistent enough to bring him back to the rink. For what it’s worth, Selanne says he’s in great shape.
“I’m healthy, which is a good thing,” said Selanne. “I don’t do any running anymore, or play tennis, so I’ve skated a lot more this summer.”
Whatever he decides to do, his legacy will no doubt stay intact. We should find out soon enough if he wants to add to it.