Selanne returning to Ducks

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, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

TORONTO - Teemu Selanne is apparently returning to the NHL next season.

TSN.ca reported Friday that Selanne revealed to Finnish magazine Sports Journal that he wants to come back to the league for at least the upcoming season and that a deal with the Anaheim Ducks is pending.

The 40-year-old Finn completed his injury-plagued 17th season with 27 goals and 48 points in 54 games.

In the process, he became the third European-born player in league history to top the 600-goal plateau, and also passed Hall-of-Famer and five-time Stanley Cup champion Jari Kurri for most goals scored in a career by a Finnish-born player.

Selanne currently has 606 scores while Kurri retired with 601, while Czech- native Jaromir Jagr holds the European-born NHL record at 646.

In addition, Selanne has reportedly contacted former Mighty Ducks and Avalanche teammate Paul Kariya about a reunion this season. Kariya and Selanne were a high-scoring duo with Anaheim from late in the 1995-96 season until 2001, and both played in Colorado in 2003-04.


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