NHL notes: Selanne set on playing

Reports out of Finland say Teemu Selanne will return for another season. (REUTERS)

Reports out of Finland say Teemu Selanne will return for another season. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

Teemu Selanne will play another NHL season, according to a Finnish sports magazine.

The Anaheim Ducks' ageless wonder will return for his 20th season unless he has a serious injury or "other setback" during his summer training, Veikkaaja said in a report Tuesday. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Selanne, who turns 42 on July 3, has not said if he plans to play for the Ducks next season. But based on his performance in 2011-12 -- he had 26 goals and 40 assists in 82 games -- he probably should come back.

HARDING STAYS IN MINNY

Josh Harding's career-long run with the Minnesota Wild will continue.

The Wild signed the 28-year-old goaltender to a three-year contract Tuesday, preventing him from going on the market as an unrestricted free agent. Harding, a second-round pick of Minnesota in the 2002 draft, has played his entire career with the Wild.

"I love being here, I love the city, I love the fans," Harding said. "It was really important for me to stay here and work towards my goal (of being a starting goaltender in the NHL).

"I like the way the organization is heading and I want to be a part of it. We're maturing, we're still young and have a lot of talent. I'm ready to get back at it."

Harding missed the entire 2010-11 season due to a knee injury but came back to go 13-12-4 with a 2.62 goals-against average in 34 games last season.

WHO NEEDS A D-MAN?

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero expects to trade a defenceman, maybe two, before the start of next season, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Shero will likely be forced to move Paul Martin, Zbynek Michalek or Brooks Orpok over the summer in an effort to shed salary. That trio makes a combined $12.75 million for at least the next two seasons.

"Plenty of other teams know I have nine waiver-eligible defencemen," Shero told the Post-Gazette. "They are calling about our defence."

The Pens need to cut the payroll if they hope to re-sign centres Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal.

Shero could sign Crosby to an extension -- he's going into the final year of a five-year, $43.5 million deal -- after July 1. He's also said he'd like to keep Staal, who could walk after the 2012-13 season.

"We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves," Shero said. "If (Staal) wanted to move on, he would have told me already. And he hasn't told me that."

BRIEFLY

The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Lennart Petrell to a one-year contract extension. Petrell had four goals and five assists in 60 games with the Oilers during the 2011-12 season, his first in the NHL ... Former Washington Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason was named head man with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL, Nashville's minor-league affiliate. Evason was an assistant with the Caps the last seven seasons ... The New Jersey Devils made a qualifying offer to pending restricted free agent Mark Fayne. After finishing the regular season with four goals and 13 assists, Fayne was one of the Devils' top defensive defencemen in their run to the Stanley Cup final ... The Phoenix Coyotes won't tender a qualifying offer to forward Gilbert Brule, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to Vancouver's News1130. Brule's agent, Gerry Johansson, said he will still meet with Coyotes GM Don Maloney this weekend in the hopes of getting a new deal done.


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