Thursday, July 12, 2012
You make the call: Best player over 40?
By Sarah Goldstein
The announcement of Teemu Selanne returning for his 20th NHL season adds to the group of "old guys" getting paid big money next season.
Selanne, who just turned 42 on July 3, signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Ducks.
Apparently that is the going rate for the 40-and-up club. Martin Brodeur (Devils) and Ray Whitney (Stars) both signed two-year, $9 million contracts, and Dallas also gave Jaromir Jagr $4.5 million for one season.
Daniel Alfredsson hasn't made a decision about next season and Tomas Holmstrom hasn't signed yet, but both guys would turn 40 in the middle of the season if they return -- and assuming the season isn't washed out by CBA negotiations.
So the question remains, which guy will have the best season in 2012-13?
Martin Brodeur: 1191 GP, 656 wins, 371 loses, 36 OTL, 2.23 GAA, .913 save percentage
Jaromir Jagr: 1346 GP, 665 goals, 988 assists, 1653 points
Teemu Selanne: 1341 GP, 663 goals, 743 assists, 1406 points
Ray Whitney: 1229 GP, 365 goals, 638 assists, 1003 points
Make your pick for the best guy over 40 in the comments field, on Facebook or on Twitter @ESPN_NHL or @sarahgold8.
(I know there are a few guys I didn't name, so feel free to nominate players not listed here.)