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Teemu Selanne

Traded To San Jose

Though Selanne and Kariya had chemistry, the Ducks were a struggling franchise in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They only went to the playoffs twice, and rumors were rampant that the team's parent company, Disney, might sell them. Though Selanne's salary was costly, it was less than Kariya's, and he had value on the trade market. Selanne had scored more goals than anyone since coming into the NHL.

Chronology

1970 Born July 3 in Helsinki, Finland
1988 Drafted by Winnipeg Jets in the first round
c. 1988-89 Serves in the Finnish Army
1989-92 Plays for Jokerit (Finnish team); also teaches kindergarten
1992 Plays for the Finnish national team in the Olympics; begins playing for the Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
1995 Signs five-year deal worth $14 million with Winnipeg
1996 Marries Sirpa Vuorinen on July 19; traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on February 7
1997 Plays in the post-season with the Mighty Ducks (first time the team played in playoffs)
1998 Plays for Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning bronze medal
2001 Traded to the San Jose Sharks on March 5
2002 Signs a one-year deal with Sharks worth $6.5 million ($3 million less than he had made the previous season); plays for Finland at the Winter Olympics

Awards and Accomplishments

1992-93 Set rookie record by scoring 76 goals in a season for the Winnipeg Jets
1993 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year
1998 MVP of the All-Star game; played for Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning bronze medal
1999 Maurice "The Rocket" Richard Trophy for most goals scored in the season

In March 2001, Selanne was traded from the Ducks to the San Jose Sharks for goalie Steve Shields, Jeff Friesen, and a conditional draft pick. His first months in San Jose were not great. Soon after the trade, he had to have arthoscopic knee surgery to remove loose cartilage. San Jose was already headed for the playoffs, but when Selanne returned for the post-season, he was playing with a broken right thumb, which limited his scoring abilities. The Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs, but Selanne was finally playing with a winning organization.

In 2001-02, Selanne still struggled, only scoring three goals in his first sixteen games of the year, and twenty-nine goals for the season. While twenty-nine goals was the most on the Sharks, Selanne had fewer minutes per game than in Anaheim and was often frustrated. The Sharks did improve, making the post-season, before losing to the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference semi-finals. In 2002, Selanne also got to play for Team Finland at the Winter Olympics.

Though Selanne was an unrestricted free agent in July 2002, he signed a one-year deal with the Sharks worth $6.5 million, three million less than he made the previous year. While Selanne could have signed a bigger, long-term deal somewhere else, he still believed he had the scoring touch the team needed to win the Stanley Cup.

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP G A PTS +/− PIM SOG SPCT PPG SHG
Ducks: Anaheim Mighty Ducks (NHL); Jets: Winnipeg Jets (NHL); Sharks: San Jose Sharks (NHL).
1992-93 Jets 84 76 56 132 8 45 387 19.6 24 0
1993-94 Jets 51 25 29 54 -23 22 191 13.1 11 0
1994-95 Jets 45 22 26 48 1 2 167 13.2 8 2
1995-96 Jets 51 24 48 72 3 18 163 14.7 6 1
1995-96 Ducks 28 16 20 36 2 4 104 15.4 3 0
1996-97 Ducks 78 51 58 109 28 34 273 18.7 11 1
1997-98 Ducks 73 52 34 86 12 30 268 19.4 10 1
1998-99 Ducks 75 47 60 107 18 30 281 16.7 25 0
1999-2000 Ducks 79 33 52 85 6 12 236 14.0 8 0
2000-01 Ducks 61 26 33 59 -8 36 202 12.9 10 0
2000-01 Sharks 12 7 6 13 1 0 31 22.6 2 0
2001-02 Sharks 82 29 25 54 -11 40 202 14.4 9 1
TOTAL 719 408 447 855 273 2505 197 6

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