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January 7, 2013 | 10:12am ET
Veteran players excited in Anaheim
TheFourthPeriod.com

Throughout the laborious 113 days of lockout, fans did not only fear to lose the game for an entire season, they feared losing future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne forever.

Selanne, 42, who agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract to most likely end his NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks, was elated to hear about news of the lockout ending.

"Obviously very happy. Everybody's just thrilled that this is over because it took way longer than we thought," Selanne told the OC Register.

"We knew there's not really going to be winners in this case. That's why it's really important we got this deal done and get back on the ice."

The veteran winger feared the season could have been completely whipped out, along with his illustrious NHL career. He is glad to be able to play a last game with his Ducks' teammates.

"This is about the future for hockey players and if this is going to take the whole year, I can live with that. Like I said earlier, I'm in overtime. I've never even dreamed to play this long time and enjoy this game this much," Selanne added.

"Either way, I would be a happy camper. But obviously, of course, you always want to play your last game."

New teammate Sheldon Souray, who signed with the Ducks in July, appeared relieved that the lockout is finally over and is looking to impress his new club.

"Honestly, I'm just happy and excited," Souray told the paper. "I was excited when I signed with the Ducks. It's a great opportunity for me personally on a completely different level than all the other guys.

"It's a real fresh start for me and I'm just looking forward to getting in and hopefully getting off to a good start."

Although no date has yet to be set for the start of training camp, teams could start practicing on Saturday.

Saku Koivu and Bobby Ryan have already made their way back from Europe to Anaheim, while Corey Perry will be returning from London, Ontario, where he lives during the off-season.


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