After the season ended hockey fans were under the impression that Teemu Selanne was heading to the golf course. But not so fast, there are reports that the Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL want the 44-year-old. Selanne has not decided yet, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him lace up his skates again.
If Selanne plays for Jokerit it would be a home-coming of sorts, before coming to the NHL in 1992 Jokerit was the only other professional league the Finnish Flash has played for. I guess you can’t fault a man for wanted to play for the home team one more time before skating off the ice for good.
After representing Finland so many times on the international stage, going back for one more pro season for his fellow countrymen to watch him on home ice seems like a nice way to exit the game for good for one of the most successful European hockey players in history. [CBS Sports]
This entire thing could also be part of Jokerit’s plan to enter the KHL with a big name on their inaugural KHL roster. As discussed by a few different media outlets if Teemu Selannemakes a comeback it will most likely will be in a limited role, and I wouldn’t expect him to travel much. Maybe this whole thing will turn into one big beer league for Selanne.
It can’t be easy to say no to an offer to play a game you love and still feel that you can produce, but after last season with the Anahiem Ducks the aging Selanne finally showed his tank is nearing empty. He managed to put up 27 points in 67 games played in his final NHL season.
My only hope is that this doesn’t turn in to a joke. Teemu Selanne doesn’t need to roll the dice on a gimmick; his reputation is solid and the NHL Hall of Fame will come calling. There is nothing to prove. This all better be for the love of the game, another reason is just wrong.