Key paragraph: While initial reports claim Selanne is too out of shape to make a return, Bernstein confirms that the Finnish Flash has been practicing and working out five times a week in Southern California.
Ah, so. He is "practicing." I read that as "skating." Now, the only questions are "when," and how will the Ducks make room for him under the cap?
I heard they might be shopping Schneider, and that the Blackhawks are interested. Damn, that's all we need, is a more-improved Chicago!
December 7, 2007
Selanne leaning towards return?
With veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer back in the fold, the Anaheim Ducks may welcome back another superstar in the coming weeks.
Citing a source, who spoke on the basis of anonymity, TFP Columnist Dennis Bernstein has learned that winger Teemu Selanne is seriously considering a return to the Ducks.
The 37-year-old native of Helsinki, Finland played a major role for the Ducks last season, helping them capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Selanne, whose wife recently gave birth to a baby girl, has been contemplating whether or not he wants to return to the Ducks for the 2007-08 campaign.
It is believed that Selanne wanted to wait until the birth of his child before making a decision, which appears to be leaning in favor of returning this season.
While initial reports claim Selanne is too out of shape to make a return, Bernstein confirms that the Finnish Flash has been practicing and working out five times a week in Southern California.
"He's in pretty good shape," Bernstein said, reiterating what his source indicated.
The Ducks are already trying to move some of their payroll to accommodate Niedermayer's salary. While Niedermayer's salary will not cause any cap-related problems for the Ducks this year, it puts the team over the cap for the 2008-09 season, the final year of Niedermayer's contract.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a "Tagging Rule" indicates that if a player is signed, or rejoins a team, after December 1 of a season, that player can only join that team if his salary not only fits into the current season payroll, but remains within the set salary cap for future years.
It's believed the Ducks are trying to trade the likes of Todd Marchant, Mathieu Schnieder Sean O'Donnell and Francois Beauchemin.
Schnieder, 38, is making an average of $5.625 million per season, through the 2008-09 campaign, and is believed to be the most likely candidate to be traded. The Ducks have also been shopping Marchant ($2.518 million cap hit) for the past few weeks.
If the Ducks are successful in trading at least one player, they will have enough room to sign Selanne, who could receive a deal worth around $1.5 million to $2 million to play the remainder of this season.
Selanne is expected to announce his decision as early as late-December.
Posted on Dec 7, 2007, 11:56 AM from IP address 220.127.116.11