Well, it appears as though the Finnish Flash has heeded those chants and may be granting the wish of Ducks fans once again.
According to Veikkaaja, a sports magazine in Selanne’s native Finland, the 41-year-old Selanne has decided to play another year of hockey in the NHL. However, this is only a report, and we won’t get an official response from Selanne or the Ducks until July.
But why wouldn’t he want to return? He had 26 goals and 66 points this past season (which led the Ducks in the scoring), and has 57 goals and 146 points in two seasons since reaching his 40th birthday. Furthermore, he has 663 career goals, meaning not only is he withing striking distance of 700, but he could also conceivably pass Jaromir Jagr (665), Luc Robitaille (668), Mario Lemieux (690), Steve Yzerman (692) and Mark Messsier (694) on the all-time list.
Barring some sort of major offseason injury, it looks as though Selanne should be back on the ice for the 2012-13 season.