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Selanne back to Winnipeg? It’s a fun pipe dream

Dec 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne

Teemu Selanne makes his triumphant one-game return to Winnipeg tonight as a member of the Anaheim Ducks, but imagine if he came back as a trade deadline player to help the new Jets make the playoffs.

That’s just the kind of wishful thinking a lot of Winnipeg fans and rumor mongers are having seeing Selanne go back to where it all began back in the 90s. Jets fans now are excited about their team being in the thick of a playoff race and all that that entails and they’re thinking big.

While the Jets could be in the market to make smaller, more affordable, acquisitions to help their chances, as Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun points out, putting all your hopes on Selanne being the “piece” are pretty shortsighted.

Penton says that Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff would have to give up a high draft pick or two to get Selanne and unless the Jets were a surefire Stanley Cup contender, they won’t be mortgaging the future to get anyone, even Selanne, into town.

Keep dreaming big though Winnipeg, maybe someday Evander Kane or Alex Burmistrov will become your own new version of Teemu Selanne.

  1. scrouch - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    That would be great if Selanne was traded to Winnipeg but it’s not happening. Anaheim can get some good picks or prospects in return from a team that’s looking for a veteran player to take them over the top. Winnipeg won’t and shouldn’t give up any future prospects. They are building to be a strong team in a few seasons and are going to retain their youth.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Agree. It has a warm, fuzzy feeling about it, but this sort of deal usually doesn’t work out. Besides, I think Selanne enjoys the sunny California climate too much these days. Just enjoy the warm feeling of nostalgia for one beautiful night.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Selanne did an interview with TSN yesterday where he talked about going back to Winnipeg to end his career. He said that he even talked with his family about how they’d feel about living their for his last season and that they were all in favor of it. That’s a big obstacle that would work out, so never say never.

  3. sharksfan754 - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Semi-related story. About 30 people waited outside Anaheim’s hotel until 2:30am chanting Selanne’s name. He then stayed outside and signed autographs for everyone, all this according to Pierre LeBrun.

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