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Teemu Selanne says this season will be his last in the NHL

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HELSINKI - Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne says next season will be his last in the NHL

Selanne, a 10-time all-star from Finland, turned 39 Friday and told daily Helsingin Sanomat that a man that age does not belong in a league like the NHL. "It is a forum for young boys", Selanne said. "But the right diet, rest and muscle care help to prolong a career. Personally I am injury-free, I feel young at mind and pursue a lot of activities."

Selanne contemplated retirement but has decided to play for one more season.

"The next season is without doubt my last. This time my decision will be kept," he said.

Selanne also pondered the possibility of playing with longtime Montreal captain Saku Koivu. The Anaheim Ducks could be a possible new team for Koivu, who is an unrestricted free agent.

"The chemistry between us two has worked well on the national team. It would be interesting to see how our interacting would improve if we should play together on a daily basis," Selanne said.

Selanne entered the NHL 1992 at age 22 with the Winnipeg Jets. In his first season he scored 76 goals, a record for a rookie.

Selanne has scored 614 goals in 1,237 games for Winnipeg, San Jose, Colorado and Anaheim.


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