KHL's Jokerit are pulling out all of the stops in their effort to recruit Selanne

Aug 5, 10:32 PM

Jokerit Helsinki, probably the best known and wealthiest professional hockey team in Finland, is poised to join the KHL next season. With the start of their inaugural KHL campaign drawing near, Jokerit is determined to land Finnish legend Teemu Selanne and team ownership is pulling out all the stops in an effort to entice Selanne to play a victory lap season in his hometown. 

In late July, Jokerit co-owner Roman Rotenberg made it clear in an interview with Finnish media outlet Ilta-Sanomat that money isn't an issue for his club in their pursuit of Selanne.

The club, it would seem, has gone beyond offering Selanne the equivalent of a blank cheque. They've also made it clear to Selanne that he can pick and choose which games he wants to play in, and have even invited him to skip extended road trips and dress in home-games only.

"I've got a free hand to decide what to do and how many games I want to play," Selanne confirmed in a recent interview with Ilta-Sanomat per Aftonbladet (via google translate).

Oddly enough, it's an arrangement that doesn't necessarily appeal to Selanne.

"Everything is possible, that's the problem," Selanne said. "I have promised to consider the agreement. Less play time may not necessarily be positive. It's hard to only play half of the games, the foundation of this is that it is much matches. It would be too long breaks."

The 44-year-old sniper - a surefire first ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee once he becomes eligible - appeared in just 64 games with the Ducks during the 2013-14 campaign, and was held out of the second game of back-to-backs. For the first time in his career, he failed to record 10 goals in the regular season and finished with 27 total points. 

KHL clubs are already in the midst of training camp and the KHL season is set to kick off with the 'opening cup' on September 3rd. The full schedule for the 2014-15 KHL season has not been published as of Tuesday, but if Selanne is going to play for Jokerit Helsinki next season, presumably he'd need to decide soon. 

Aug 11, 12:09 PM

Teemu Selanne: 'If I had to decide a week ago, I'd say my NHL career is definitely over'

Aug 11, 12:09 PM

Teemu Selanne's NHL career is over ... for now.

The 44-year-old veteran made the revelation at a news conference in Finland announcing a new hockey academy to be built in partnership with KHL club Jokerit over the next two-to-three years.

Earlier in the news conference, he said the following:

Selanne said he still has time to decide on his future, adding that although he's been tempted to sign with Jokerit, he doesn't have to make the decision immediately.

Based on these remarks, it would appear he is leaning toward retiring from the NHL, but remaining open to the possibility of continuing to play either there or elsewhere.

But Selanne also made another revelation, this time about his level of motivation.

Last week, Jokerit reportedly offered him $10 million per season to play for them, or $5 million for home games only.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Jayne Kamin-Oncea

Aug 11, 9:33 AM

Report: Selanne, Jokerit to make announcement unrelated to contract

Aug 11, 9:33 AM

Teemu Selanne's uncertain future is about to become a little more certain.

According to reports, KHL club Jokerit will hold a news conference on Monday to make an announcement about the Finnish star.

Per MTV Sport in Helsinki, Jokerit will announce a new high-quality training facility that would act as a tribute to Selanne.

The 44-year-old and his family will then reportedly return to California over the next few days, with school set to begin there on Thursday.

The team reportedly offered Selanne $10 million per season and $5 million to play in home games only. 

Aug 7, 9:32 AM

Report: Selanne offered $10M by KHL's Jokerit; $5M for home games only

Aug 7, 9:32 AM

Details in regards to Jokerit's attempts to lure forward Teemu Selanne to the KHL for the 2014-15 season emerged Thursday morning, with the club's Russian owners reportedly offering both big bucks and an interesting work schedule.

Jokerit co-owner Roman Rotenberg reiterated to Finnish media outlet Ilta-Sanomat that it is "really important" to secure the 44-year-old's services, emphasizing the club's "readiness to wait for the decision" (via Google translate).

If Selanne chooses the home game option, it may be time to change "Teemu Forever" to "Part-time Teemu."

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Winslow Townson

Jul 30, 11:29 AM

Selanne considering contract offer from KHL's Jokerit

Jul 30, 11:29 AM

What would summer be without waiting for a decision on Teemu Selanne's hockey future?

While his NHL career appears to be over, Selanne told Sports.ru he's considering a contract offer from KHL club Jokerit in his native Finland.

"Of course, we have discussed this topic," Selanne said. "Of course, it would be nice to go back on the ice again."

The 44-year-old added he's expecting to make a decision within "the next three weeks."

Teemu forever, indeed.

Jun 7, 7:26 PM

Selanne will speak to KHL's Jokerit next week, plans on sticking with retirement

Jun 7, 7:26 PM

The Anaheim Ducks said their goodbyes to Teemu Selanne at the end of their playoff bid after being eliminated by the Los Angeles Kings. That was it, or it was supposed to be.

Selanne will reportedly speak to Jokerit of the KHL next week about potentially playing with the club located in Finland next season.

Selanne played six seasons with Jokerit through the beginning of his career. He has represented Finland including international tournaments and Olympic Games 15 times.