Teemu Selanne reportedly weighing three options, and the latest on the Red Wings contract negotiations with Gustav Nyquist.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mike Johnston cited a report out of Finland claiming Teemu Selanne will either return with the Anaheim Ducks, sign with a different NHL team or retire. Selanne is an unrestricted free agent but spent the past eight season playing for the Ducks. Anaheim GM Bob Murray said he’d welcome Selanne back if the winger were 100 percent committed to playing this season. If Selanne chooses to play with another team, Johnston claims several NHL clubs would be interested in his services.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While anything’s possible (hello there, Daniel Alfredsson signing with the Detroit Red Wings), I believe Selanne returns with the Ducks, as he has every year since 2008. They currently have over $4.3 million in cap space, and Selanne earned $4.5 million last season, but he has played for less ($4 million in 2011-12, and $2.625 million per season on a two-year deal from 2008-09 to 2009-10), so perhaps he’d consider a $3 million deal.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: George Sipple reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he’d “close” to getting Gustav Nyquist signed to a new contract, but their cap situation and Holland’s wish to bring back Daniel Cleary had held up the deal. Nyquist is seeking the security of a two-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings need to clear cap space for Nyquist and Cleary. It’s been rumored for weeks they’ll try to move out some salary by shopping a forward or two. Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million per season) and Cory Emmerton ($535k) have been rumored as potential trade candidates.