Teemu Selanne meets with Ducks GM, decision on future getting closer?

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NHL training camps are set to open in a month and among the number of unrestricted free agents still out on the market is the Finnish Flash, Teemu Selanne.

We've done this dance before as it isn't a summer without the hockey world wondering (and wishing) if Selanne would give us one more year.

If you're trying to look for clues as to when Selanne will announce another one-year deal with the Ducks, don't. Over the past four summers, the timing of an announcement has varied from June (2009), July (2012), August (2010) and September (2011).

A decision for 2013, however, looks like it will be coming soon.

According to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (sub. required), the 43-year old Selanne met with Ducks general manager Bob Murray on Tuesday to discuss a possible return for next season.

From Stephens:

Murray, through a team spokesman, characterized the meeting as "positive" and that he and Selanne agreed to talk again soon. He said Selanne did not give him a decision on whether he intends to continue playing or retire.

Selanne is back in Southern California and was skating at Anaheim Ice on Tuesday. The winger and his family returned to their south Orange County home over the weekend as their older children started school this week.

The Register learned that Selanne is training with former Ducks and Kings forward Craig Johnson, who often directed workouts many locally based NHL players during the lockout last winter.

Don't forget Selanne's Steak Tavern is opening soon!

Checking CapGeek, the Ducks currently have just over $4.3 million in cap space after adding Dustin Penner, re-signing Saku Koivu, Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey, and bringing aboard Jakob Silfverberg via the Bobby Ryan trade. That's more than enough room to re-sign Selanne.

Selanne, who's missed only two games over the past two seasons, scored 12 times and recorded 24 points in 2013. At 43, and facing another 82-game stretch, having something in the tank come March and April will be vital for he and head coach Bruce Boudreau, should the forward return. He played the lowest time on-ice in a very long time last season, averaging 15:42 per game.

Earlier this month, Murray told NHL.com, "The only answer I need is he's 100-percent sure he wants to play. That's the only answer I need. I told him that the other day. I don't care when he tells me. We'll find a way. We've got lots of cap space, we have enough contracts."

One more year! One more year!

Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy

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