Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/15/11 at 05:45 PM ET
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“As he showed again last season, Teemu still has the drive, determination, and skill to play at an elite level,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Most importantly for us, his passion comes from not just playing, but playing for the Ducks.”
Selanne, 41 (7/3/70), appeared in 73 games for the Ducks last season, scoring 31-49=80 points with a +6 rating and 49 penalty minutes (PIM). Selanne ranked third in the NHL with 16 power play goals and tied for eighth in overall scoring. Only two players in NHL history age 40-or-older have recorded more points: Detroit’s Gordie Howe in 1968-69 (103 pts., 40 yrs, 276 days) and Boston’s Johnny Bucyk in 1975-76 (83 pts., 40 yrs, 234 days).
“I’m very happy that my knee has recovered from surgery and is ready for the season,” said Selanne. “I’m excited and optimistic about what this team can do and thankful to have another opportunity to play in Anaheim.”
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