Teemu Selanne: Anaheim Duck Is One of the NHL's Last True Treasures

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IJuly 14, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 10: Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks during warmups before the first period of a hockey game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on March 10, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
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At 42 years old, the man who was nicknamed the "Finnish Flash" is still better than the vast majority of players half his age.

When the Anaheim Ducks inked Selanne to another one year deal they were ensuring the NHL would not lose one of its greatest remaining treasures.

After Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom retired this summer, Selanne remains one of the last true generational talents left in the NHL. 

A quick review of the Finnish Flash's resume:

  • 1988 First Round Draft Pick; 10th overall; Winnipeg Jets
  • 1993 Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year
  • NHL-record 76 goals scored during his rookie campaign in 1993
  • Initial winner of the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy 1998-1999 for most goals in a season
  • 11 All-Star Game Selections
  • 2007 Stanley Cup Champion with the Anaheim Ducks 

In addition to all those accomplishments, Selanne is also near to becoming only the seventh player in NHL history to score 700 or more goals. The task is daunting, but as of now Selanne only sits 37 away from that number. 

If Teemu can keep his motor running all the way through this season and next, whether it be in the NHL or another league, he has a great shot at representing Finland in the Olympics for a sixth time. Finland is still looking for that elusive Gold Medal after missing out on it in 2006 when they lost to their arch-rival, Sweden. 

In keeping the Finnish Flash for at least one more season, the Ducks have done the entire NHL a favor by keeping one of the most respected and exciting players of all time around.