Anaheim legend Teemu Selanne announced yesterday that he was returning to the Ducks for one more season, and has agreed to a contract for $2M.
What does this say about the Ottawa Senators former captain, Daniel Alfredsson? Selanne is 43, three years older than Alfredsson. So, to compare age for age, it looks like Teemu has been pretty fairly paid, and in fact paid less over the past few years than Alfredsson, and has produced more:
Selanne is showing the kind of loyalty that Senators fans expected from Alfredsson. Whether or not the promises were made about an extension the fact is that from ages 38-40, Alfredsson was paid about $12M (after losing due to pro-rated salary for the lockout) while Selanne made $9.75M, and was much more productive in terms of points per game than Alfredsson over the same age range. Also, Selanne lost more than $2M to the lockout, while Alfredsson was out about $500K, because he made a majority of his money at the front end of the contract, and Selanne still signed for less than he lost to the lockout.
In the end, Alfredsson had his choice, as did Selanne, which was well within each of their respective rights. Selanne chose to be loyal to the franchise that he was a part of on 2 different occasions, but unlike Alfredsson, he hadn’t spent his whole career there. Selanne made the decision to take less money, on multiple contracts over the years, showing a loyalty to the team and the fan base.
We all know what Alfredsson chose and how he decided to go out.