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Report: Selanne returning to Anaheim for one more season

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As Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has spent the summer remodeling the team's defense, the offense appears to be receiving a bit of a boost today.

In an interview with Finnish magazine Sports Journal, Teemu Selanne(notes) says that he will be back with the Ducks next season, his 18th in the NHL. Selanne said that his return is for "at least another year" and a contract would be worked out in the next few days.

The 27-goal scorer last season turned 40 last month.

From TSN via Sports Journal:

"I made the decision to continue my career. In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin."

"I informed (Anaheim) that if they re-build (the team), I'll then do something else," Selanne said. "With the guys that the team has acquired, I'm convinced that we can still succeed."

Selanne also told the magazine that he's spoken with former teammate Paul Kariya(notes) about teaming up again with the Ducks and that Kariya was waiting on his decision.

Yesterday, the Orange County Register began running a poll gauging Ducks' fans feelings about a Kariya return to Anaheim. The vote totals show about a 50-percent split between fans.

The Ducks have a little over $13 million in cap room and still need to re-sign restricted free agent Bobby Ryan(notes).

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