Former Shark Teemu Selänne will return to play for the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st and final season before retirement next year. In a creative turn of social media marketing, Selänne is seen in a YouTube video having a particularly awful time on the golf course before calling Ducks general manager Bob Murray announcing his commitment to hockey for one last season.
The Finnish Flash, as Selänne is known, was traded to the Sharks in 2001 for for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and a second-round draft pick.
Selänne was involved in controversy during his time in San Jose. In New Jersey, Scott Gomez was not meshing well with the coaching style of Devils coach Pat Burns. Gomez and Selänne were almost swapped in a multi-player trade, but at the last minute, Selänne nixed going to Jersey. Selänne continued to play in San Jose for another two years before signing with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on July 3, 2003. As Sharks fans know, Gomez eventually made it to San Jose during the strike-shortened 2013 season.
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