Swan Song: Teemu Selanne Says "One More Year"
After 16 seasons in the NHL, Teemu Selanne reportedly told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper in Finland, "I have one more season left, a man my age doesn't belong in the NHL."
This announcement allows many of his fans and of Anaheim in general to be prepared what's ahead for the season after this upcoming season, ending his career after 17 seasons, 10 of which spend with the Ducks.
Teemu was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988. He continued to play in the Finnish SM-Liiga league, until 1992 the Jets came to a contract agreement.
Teemu's rookie season was the best season he has had, scoring 76 goals and 56 assist. He holds the record for most goals by a rookie and is tied for most points by a rookie.
He won the Calder Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to the player who is most proficient in his first year; A.K.A. "Rookie of the Year."
He also tied for most goals in a season with 76.
After four years with the Winnipeg Jets, Teemu tallied 147 goals and 159 assists in 231 games played.
In February 1996, He was traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, where he stayed until 2001.
During his first four season stay with the Ducks, Teemu led the league in goals in 1998 and 1999 seasons.
As the Maurice Richard Trophy first appeared in 1999 season, Teemu Selanne was the first player to receive this award.
Teemu scored 225 goals and 257 assists during his stay in Anaheim.
During the late 2001 season, a few weeks before the trade deadline, Teemu was traded over to San Jose Sharks.
Teemu has had a negative +/- only five times in 16 seasons, three of which were with San Jose. San Jose just didn't fit Teemu, and was about to be traded to the devils for Scott Gomez.
The trade was never finished and Teemu stayed in San Jose until his contract was up. He managed to score 64 goals and 67 assists with the Sharks.
After the 2003 season, Teemu was a free agent. This top of the line, Grade A, free agent was on many teams shopping list, but only one could having him and that was the Colorado Avalanche.
Teemu only stayed with the Avalanche for one season and only managed to rack up a total of 32 points in 78 games played. He still managed to keep a positive +/-.
After the 2004 Lockout, Teemu signed with his home away from home, Anaheim. He played there for two full seasons, 2005 to 2007.
For the first time in Teemu's career, his team, the Anaheim Ducks, won the Stanley Cup. This was during the 2006-2007 season.
Teemu was expected to retire after his team had won the Stanley Cup. He waited until late January 2008, before he signed a one year contract with the Ducks to help them close out the season and try for another Cup.
They fell short losing in the first round the Dallas Stars.
In September 2008, Teemu signed another contract with the Ducks, this one extending to two years.
This will be Teemu's final NHL contract. He currently has 127 goals and 134 assists from 2005 to 2009, making a total of 352 goals and 391 assists with the Ducks.
Teemu holds the Duck's franchise records in most goals, assists, points, power-play goals, and hat-tricks. Also holds the franchise single season records of most goals, points, and power-play goals.
Teemu Selanne has been a forceful player on the ice throughout his career putting up 579 goals and 633 assist for a total of 1212 points.
Teemu has only 21 goals to reach the 600th goal mark joining only 17 other players to have reached the feat, while doing so, hopefully adding one more Stanley Cup to his resume.
We all know he deserves it.
Loved him while he was on your team or hated him while he was playing against your team, Teemu Selanne's impact on the ice will be one that will be missed after the 2010 season comes to a close.
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