DENVER - Joe Sakic is coming back.
The captain of the Colorado Avalanche has signed a one-year contract after considering retirement all summer long.
There had been plenty of speculation that Sakic might not return for a 19th NHL season and his agent Don Baizley said as recently as this week that Sakic was "wrestling" with the decision.
"Ultimately, it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing," Sakic said in a statement. "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."
Sakic was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1987 and has spent his entire career with the organization. In 1,363 career games, Sakic has 623 goals and 1,629 points - leaving him eighth on the NHL's all-time list.
A groin injury limited him to 44 games last season.
The Avs are thrilled to have Sakic's signature on another contract.
"Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season," said GM 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."