Sakic returning to Avalanche
August 27, 2008 at 3:33 PM EDT
DENVER — After a summer of indecision, Joe Sakic — the NHL's current active points-scoring leader — decided Wednesday to return for his 20th season, all with the same franchise.
The Colorado Avalanche announced that Sakic, 39, signed a one-year, $6-million (U.S.) contract with the team and will be with the club when training camp opens Sept. 19.
Sakic's decision to return makes the Avalanche a playoff contender. There had been some question as to whether he would return after an injury-plagued 2007-08, in which he was limited to 44 games by a sports hernia operation and scored 40 points, the lowest total of a career that began back with the 1988-89 Quebec Nordiques.
However, Sakic said in a prepared statement that he was healthy and his competitive instincts were still intact.
"Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing," Sakic said. "I'm comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I'm ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season."