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January 28, 2013 | 9:27am ET
Selanne could be back next season
TheFourthPeriod.com

Although the 2013 season is a short one, the tightened and intense 48-game schedule will have a decisive impact on Anaheim Ducks veteran forward Teemu Selanne's future.

Selanne, 42, signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract this past summer, thinking the 2012-13 season could be his last in the NHL.

However, with the love for the game still burning bright and the undying support of fans across the League, Selanne told the Los Angeles Times how his body recovers from this shortened campaign will determine if he retires or returns for another season.

"I expect to know at some point how my body's holding up, and how much I enjoy this," Selanne said. "So far, it's been quite easy. I know I can play. I usually wait a month after the season to decide, and every time I feel like, 'It's time now.' So that's good. This is a hobby still."

In four games this season, Selanne has already recorded two goals and three assists for five points, now sitting in 18th place on the NHL's all-time scoring list.

Selanne will most likely wait until the end of the season and talk things over with his family before deciding if retirement is the next step in his illustrious career. If he chooses to return, his teammates will be more than happy to have him back in the locker room where his veteran experience and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated.

"I just hope I can stay healthy, enjoy it and play well," Selanne said. "I know what I can do for this team, so hopefully I'm going to do it.

"I play because I enjoy this game."


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