Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Right wing Teemu Selanne has signed a $2 million deal to play for one more year with the Anaheim Ducks.
Selanne made his announcement via a humorous video posted on the Ducks’ website Friday, where he is seen throwing his golf bag in the water, then swimming after it to retrieve a cell phone.
Then, he calls Ducks general manager Bob Murray to let him know he was coming back to the team for the 2013-14 season, his 21st in the NHL.
In the video, Selanne says: “I’m coming back. This is it. This is my final one.”
“We have so many good things going on right now. That’s why I’m here. I’m hungry to win again,” Selanne said on a conference call Friday. “I think we have all the tools to go all the way. It’s a big challenge and I want to be part of that.”
“It’s great to have Teemu back. He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” Murray said. “We are so pleased that Teemu will end his career where he belongs.”
The 43-year-old Selanne had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games last season, and enters this season with 675 goals and 1,430 points in 1,387 games.
Selanne is 11th all-time in goals, six behind No. 10 Jaromir Jagr and 15 behind No. 9 Mario Lemieux. He’s also 15th all-time in points, 37 behind No. 14 Stan Mikita.
The player known as “the Finnish Flash” entered the league with a splash in 1992-93 with the Winnipeg Jets and set a rookie record with 76 goals and 132 points.
He has represented his country five times in the Winter Olympics, and expressed a desire to make a sixth appearance on that stage for Finland at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.
Selanne also said he met with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau before making his decision.
“He was very open and obviously I wanted to know how I’m going to fit in his roster,” Selanne said.
The Ducks won the Pacific Division and returned to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012-13, but the Detroit Red Wings defeated them in seven games in the first round.
“I really feel there is unfinished business and we have a better team than that,” Selanne said. “Everyone in that locker room feels that way.”