Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog is reporting that Finnish sports writer Matias Strozyk has informed them that, in the event of an NHL work stoppage, Teemu Selanne has not ruled out a possible stint the Finnish league SM-liiga, playing for his former team Jokerit Helsinki.
The report is unconfirmed, but it’s not hard to believe that Selanne would be interested in playing back in his home country. In fact, he took the oppurtnity to do just that during the 1994-95 NHL shortened season. He also signed to the team during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, however a knee injury and rehab from that injury prevented him from playing any games during that time period.
While most hockey fans are hoping for a miracle to help avoid a work stoppage this season, one can imagine that there might be plenty of Finnish fans overseas cheering on a lockout just for the opportunity to once again have their hometown hero playing back in their country for the team where he started it all. While I certainly can’t blame them, I must selfishly confess that I’d much rather see Teemu Selanne playing back here in Southern California this season, on time. I imagine that’s not much of a controversial statement.
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