Selanne considers playing in Finland during lockout
When veteran forward Teemu Selanne decided to sign on for one more year, his 20th NHL season, he likely didn't anticipate an NHL lockout.
With just over two weeks until the current CBA expires, and no real progress being made on a new CBA, Selanne is considering playing in Finland, according to the Orange County Register.
Selanne has a long-standing relationship with the general manager of the team Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League, SM Liiga, which is located in his hometown of Helsinki.
"One of my best buddies is the GM for [Jokerit]," Selanne said. "Obviously I know there's a spot for me if I want to go. Like I said, I'm still optimistic but it doesn't look good."
The 42-year-old played six years with Jokerit before joining the NHL, but he won't confirm any decision until the NHL season is officially locked out.
"I decided I'm not going to take any options before it's official," Selanne said. "But if it's going to go over a month, then a lot of players have to make a decision on what they want to do."
In his 19th NHL season Selanne showed no signs of slowing, posting 26 goals and 40 assists in 82 games.