Let’s state this right off the hop: Teemu Selanne is done in the NHL. His tear-filled victory tour with the Anaheim Ducks was a satisfying North American farewell for Selanne, even if NHL fans could watch the legendary sniper until the sun explodes.
But the fact remains they still could watch him next season -- on YouTube clips or pirated streams -- if Selanne decides to continue to his career back in Finland with the team he started his career with back in 1987, Jokerit.
He told Sports.ru that he’s considering an offer from Jokerit owner Roman Rotenberg to play for his club next season, its first season as a member of the KHL.
“Of course, it would be nice to go back on the ice again. But not all so simple. In the next three weeks will take a decision,” said Selanne.
Selanne talked about Jokerit and the KHL before, and there’s been some debate about whether he was speaking about playing for the team.
It makes sense that Selanne plays for them next season, given (a) it’s the kind of heartfelt, sentimental thing you’d expect from him and (b) you’re going to have to pry a hockey stick from his cold dead hand one day.
Plus he’s not an idiot: Nine goals in 64 games last season with the Anaheim Ducks is an indication that the NHL game doesn’t suit his game at 44 years old. The KHL is a different story, and as Juha Hiitelä notes, it probably won’t involve much travel for Teemu.