Free agent Teemu Selanne recently told a Finnish newspaper he's considering three options regarding his hockey future.
He'll either return to the Anaheim Ducks (where he's played most of his NHL career, including the past eight seasons), sign with another NHL team, or retire from the NHL. He remains interested in playing for Finland at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
Ducks GM Bob Murray said he would welcome Selanne back if he's 100 percent committed to playing this coming season.
If Selanne decides to play elsewhere, Sportsnet's Mike Johnston believes several NHL clubs would be interested in his services.
Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun heard the rumor mill was “abuzz with the hope” Selanne would “do the full circle thing” and return to Winnipeg, where he began his NHL career in 1992-93.
Considering Selanne's consistent return to the Ducks since 2007, Jets fans shouldn't get their hopes up.
If Selanne does return with the Ducks, their limited cap space ($4.3 million) means he'd have to accept a significant pay cut from the $4.5 million he made last season.
NHL OR KHL FOR ILYA BRYZGALOV?
Former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has been busy instructing at his goaltender school in Russia.
When asked about his plans for the coming season, Bryzgalov said the odds of returning to the NHL were 50-50, suggesting the possibility of playing in the KHL.
If Bryzgalov does opt for the KHL, he'll have to find a team soon. Their regular season opens on Sept. 4.
END OF THE LINE FOR MIKE KNUBLE?
Veteran Mike Knuble is facing the end of his NHL career.
Knuble, 41, played 17 seasons with five teams. His best seasons came during his first stint with the Philadelphia Flyers (2005-06 to 2008-09), which included his career-best 34 goals and 65 points in ‘05-06.
For eight consecutive seasons (2002-03 to 2010-11), Knuble exceeded the 20-goal plateau, but his numbers fell significantly over the past two seasons. In 28 games last season with the Flyers, he managed only four goals and eight points.
In a recent interview, Knuble stated his preferences were Detroit or Chicago, who are currently overstocked on forwards. He's also spoken with the Grand Rapids Griffins (the Red Wings farm team) about joining them as a player or an assistant.
LAROSE COOLS OFF
Former Carolina Hurricanes winger Chad LaRose had seemingly dropped out of sight following the end of the Hurricanes season in late-April.
He told DeCock he avoided his exit interview as part of a cooling-off period, but has since spoken with management to express his gratitude for the opportunity to play for them.
Larose spent his eight-year NHL career with the Hurricanes and is now an unrestricted free agent. He could prove attractive for clubs seeking an experienced, affordable checking-line winger.
OMARK THINKS TRADE IS NEAR – BUT IS IT?
Linus Omark told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet the Edmonton Oilers could soon trade his NHL rights.
Omark, 26, last played in the NHL in 2011-12 and split his time between the Oilers and their farm team in Oklahoma City.
He spent last season with EV Zug of Switzerland's National League A, leading the circuit in scoring. Half of that season was spent with Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner on his line, which sparked speculation the Detroit Red Wings would try to acquire him after the NHL lockout.
That deal never materialized, but Omark could attract some interest from other NHL clubs seeking an affordable scoring winger.
However, it could take some time to find a suitable trade partner. The Edmonton Journal's David Staples cited a report from the Oilers' Bob Stauffer claiming the club wasn't close to moving Omark's rights.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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