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March 30, 2012 | 10:06am ET
Will Selanne be back another season?
TheFourthPeriod.com

With only six games remaining on the Anaheim Ducks' calendar, many are wondering if veteran forward Teemu Selanne will return next season at age 42.

According to Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times, the future of Selanne in the NHL remains unclear as the winger is expected to take the summer to think over his future, a pattern he has followed in the past few seasons.

"I'm not going to think about it before the season is over and then give it a couple weeks and get a feel from there," Selanne told the Times. "There are so many highs and lows during the season. I have to feel the situation."

Selanne is expected to stay in California until mid-June before heading back to Finland for the rest of the off-season.

Last season, the veteran collected 31 goals and 49 assists for 80 points in 73 games, leading the Ducks to fourth place in the West and taking part in their fifth playoff participation in the last six seasons.

This year, his productivity has dropped to 25 goals and 39 assists for 64 points in 76 games, though the team endured a tougher first part of the season and fell out of playoff contention in the past weeks.

Although Selanne is disappointed over the Ducks' looming elimination, he has mentioned that he is not leaning either way and will mull over his future with the organization over the off-season.

In other news, highly-coveted college defenseman Justin Schultz, whom the Ducks had hoped would sign with them when his season ended, remains at the University of Wisconsin and is taking classes, according to a Ducks spokesman.

The 21-year-old is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and sign with any team around the league, though the Ducks remain hopeful of signing the talented blueliner before then.

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