The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 prior to their home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 11, the team announced Friday.
"Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired," Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli said in a statement. "His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched. We eagerly anticipate Jan. 11, when we pay tribute to a world-class player, ambassador and champion, our own Teemu Selanne."
Selanne began his NHL career in 1992-93 by setting NHL rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points with the original Jets (now the Arizona Coyotes). But he spent the majority of his career in Anaheim, where he had the other two 50-goal seasons of his career, scoring 51 goals in 1996-97 and 52 in 1997-98.
"What a great honour," Selanne said in a statement issued by the team. "The Samuelis and the entire Ducks organization have made this a very special place for me and my family. I look forward to sharing this special night with our fans, who have treated me so well for 18 years."
Selanne spent his last nine seasons with Anaheim and had 48 goals in 2006-07, when the Ducks won the only Stanley Cup in franchise history. He had nine goals and 27 points in 64 games last season and finished his NHL career with 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 regular-season games. He is 11th on the NHL's all-time list for goals and 15th in points, as well as third in power-play goals (255) and tied for third in game-winning goals (110).
The right winger also led Finland to a silver medal and three bronze medals at the Olympics.
NHL'S LEETCH QUITS
Retired NHLer Brian Leetch is no longer a league employee.
The Hall of Fame defenceman won’t be returning to the NHL’s offices next season, according to the New York Post, as he’s resigned from the Department of Player Safety.
Leetch, who won the 1994 Stanley Cup as an integral member of the New York Rangers, joined the department last August.
The 46-year-old was hired to replace Rob Blake as manager of player safety. One of his duties was to review dangerous plays that warranted further examination and possibly supplemental discipline.
JETS ADD GALIARDI
The Winnipeg Jets added some forward depth Friday with the signing of unrestricted free agent left winger T.J. Galiardi.
It’s a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000, or the same deal Matt Halischuk got from the Jets on Wednesday.
Galiardi, a 26-year-old Calgary native, had four goals and 13 assists in 62 games last season for his hometown Flames, but they didn’t give him a qualifying offer this summer.
The Colorado Avalanche drafted Galiardi in the second round, 55th overall, in 2007. He has appeared in 283 NHL games in his career, registering 43 goals, 61 assists and 134 penalty minutes.
WILD SIGN FALK
The Minnesota Wild signed defenceman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way contact on Friday.
No financial terms of the deal were released by the team.
The 25-year-old Falk had 15 points and 100 penalty minutes in 108 regular-season games for the Wild from 2009 to 2013. Last season, he played for the New York Rangers and had two assists and 20 penalty minutes in 21 games.
Falk was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Wild in 2007.
GLENNIE RE-SIGNS WITH STARS
The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Scott Glennie to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.
Glennie, 23, has spent the past three seasons with the Texas Stars of the AHL. He had a career-high 15 goals and 28 points last season. He also had six goals and four assists in 20 playoffs games to help Texas win the Calder Cup.
The Stars selected Glennie in the first round of the 2009 draft but he has only played one NHL game.