WINNIPEG, CANADA - DECEMBER 17: Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks speaks with the media at the Fairmont Hotel on December 17, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks are set to play against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the MTS Centre. This is the first time Selanne has returned to play hockey in Winnipeg, where he began his NHL hockey career with the original Winnipeg Jets in 1992. He was traded in 1996. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
Teemu Selanne is considering playing in his home country of Finland if a new CBA can't be reached.
Teemu Selanne may be seeking a different place to play if the NHL lockout claims a significant portion of the season. Selanne is considering a return to Finland to play for Jokerit in 2012, according to the Orange County Register.
The 42-year-old Selanne is under contract with the Anaheim Ducks for the upcoming season, but does not want to sit out if a new CBA cannot be reached. However, he won't be committing to anything until he knows for sure that NHL games will be canceled.
"I decided I’m not going to take any options before it’s official," he said. "I’m not going to go right away if there’s a lockout. I thik for a little while you just have to wait and see what’s going to happen. But if it’s going to go over a month, then a lot of players have to make a decision on what they want to do.
If the 2012-13 season does happen, it will be Selanne's 20th in the NHL.