The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed free agent forward Teemu Selanne to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not released but reports indicate the deal is worth $4.5-million.
The 42-year-old Selanne led the Ducks in scoring last season with 26 goals and 40 assists, becoming the second oldest player in NHL history behind only Gordie Howe to reach those marks in a single season. Selanne was also the oldest player in NHL history to appear in all 82 games in a single season.
“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 Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray. “Anaheim is where he belongs.”
Selanne, nicknamed the Finnish Flash, began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93 before being acquired by Anaheim in the 1996 season. After three seasons with San Jose and another two with Colorado, Selanne returned to the Ducks in 2005 and has been with the club ever since, helping the team to a Stanley Cup championship in 2007.
“I still feel I can play at a high level,” said Selanne, the franchise’s all-time leader in points, goals, assists, plus/minus, power play goals and game-winning goals. “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.”
Selanne is the 19th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,406 points and sits 12th in league history with 663 goals. He became on the third European-born player to reach 1,400 career points last March, joining Jaromir Jagr and Stan Mikita.