Avalanche's Sakic puts off NHL retirement
13-time all-star will play 20th season after signing 1-year deal
Star centre Joe Sakic will take at least one more shot at winning a third Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche.
Sakic, who has spent the summer debating whether to retire or return for a 20th NHL season, signed a one-year contract worth $6 million US on Wednesday.
"Ultimately, it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing," Sakic, who won the Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996 and 2001, said in a statement. "I'm comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I'm ready for the start of [training] camp."
Sakic will hold a news conference Sept. 2 in Colorado to announce details of the contract.
The Avalanche captain and 13-time all-star scored 13 goals and 40 points in a career-low 44 games last season in which he battled a serious groin injury. Sakic added 10 points in 10 playoff contests.
The native of Burnaby, B.C., was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1987 and has spent his entire career with the organization.
Sakic has scored 623 goals and 1,006 assists in 1,363 career games over 19 seasons.
"Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season," said Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere. "As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself.
"Having him return is great for our franchise and community but also for the game of hockey."
Avalanche veterans are to report for physicals Sept. 19, then begin skating in training camp the following day.