This season has been the unofficial farewell tour for Anaheim Ducks legend Teemu Selanne, but dry those tears as the goodbyes may be premature. According to the Orange County Register, Selanne is leaving the door open for a return in 2014 which would push him to his 22nd season in the NHL and see him take the ice at the age of 43.
Speaking about his future on Monday night, Selanne was playfully asked when he was going to receive an eight year extension from the Ducks that would keep him in Anaheim until he was 50 years old.
“Eight is a great number,” Selanne said on Monday night, via The Register. “If they (Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry) can play eight more years, I can play two.”
Selanne was referencing the Ducks twin tower superstars of captain Ryan Getzlaf and forward Corey Perry, who both inked eight-year extensions recently. Selanne has been around long enough to have a decent eye for talent, so it’s not a surprise that the Ducks future with Getzlaf and Perry excites him. But it says a lot that the prospect of playing alongside the Ducks duo excited Selanne enough to want to put off retirement and return for yet another season in the NHL.
There’s still no guarantee that Selanne will return in 2014, but the fact that he’s hinting at it –even jokingly– is worth noting.