Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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Selanne back with Ducks for his final NHL season

Teemu Selanne is ready for his last skate.

Selanne is returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st and final NHL season, the 43-year-old Finnish forward announced Friday.

After spending most of the summer contemplating his future, he released a humorous video on YouTube confirming he'll be back for one more run at another Stanley Cup title. He also hopes to play for Finland in his record sixth Olympics in Sochi in February.

Selanne agreed to a one-year deal for $2 million and for the first time in his now-annual flirtations with retirement, the Finnish Flash insists he won't be back.

"Now it'll be easier to take advantage of every day," Selanne said. "I think it's good for everybody. My family, too. They've been asking some questions over the years, and now everybody knows."

Two weeks before the Ducks open training camp, Selanne confirmed he's still hungry for another season as the NHL's oldest active player. The right wing has flirted with retirement every year since Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007, always electing to return to the Ducks.

He is the 15th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,430 points, and his 675 career goals are 11th-most in league history. Selanne has spent parts of 14 seasons with Anaheim in an NHL career than began in Winnipeg in 1992.

Four years after Selanne insisted he was done with international hockey at the Vancouver Games, he confirmed he would play if selected to the Finnish team. He is the top scorer in Olympic hockey history with 37 points in 31 games dating back to the Albertville Games in 1992.

"That's a big bonus for the next season," Selanne said.

Chiarelli gets extension * Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has a new contract.

The job is the same as it used to be.

"Our challenges are now at a level that we compete for the Stanley Cup and we want to compete for the Stanley Cup every year," Chiarelli said Friday. "And it's my mandate, my charge to do that. . …

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