ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Teemu Selanne returned to the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Monday after missing the first half of the season while contemplating retirement.
The unrestricted free agent signed a one-year deal and then practiced with the team before it departs Tuesday for an eight-game, 15-day road trip.
Selanne followed Stanley Cup MVP Scott Niedermayer in returning to the team. Niedermayer came back in December after pondering retirement, and he scored a goal in Sunday's All-Star game in Atlanta.
Selanne, a 37-year-old right wing, had 48 goals and 46 assists last season, when he ranked third in the NHL in goals, led the league in power-play goals with 25 and tied for first in game-winning goals with 10.
``We are thrilled to have him back,'' general manager Brian Burke said. ``This is a player who scored 48 goals last year and showed no signs of slowing down.''
Selanne had been skating at the Ducks' practice rink for the past few weeks.
``I feel the passion again to play hockey,'' he said. ``Anaheim is the only place I wanted to play and I'm very happy that the Samuelis (owners Henry and Susan) and Brian Burke have welcomed me back.''
The Finland native won his first Cup last season, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Detroit.
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