To the surprise of no one, the Anaheim Ducks have announced winger Teemu Selanne has signed a one-year deal, reportedly worth $4.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe anyone’s shocked by this news. It follows the pattern since the summer of 2007. Selanne takes time off, claims he’ll make his decision after July 1st, rumors emerge from the Finnish media he’ll return to the Ducks, and later in the summer it’s confirmed. The difference this time is it didn’t take as long as in previous summers to reach his decision. That’s not to disparage Selanne, just pointing out the pattern. I think when he finally decides to retire, he won’t wait until after July 1 to make his decision. Given how well he continues to play despite being in his early-forties, we should expect he’ll remain among the Ducks offensive leaders this season.