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Teemu Selanne would rather not think about being traded

Jan 3, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

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Some stories just write themselves. Whenever a veteran player finds himself on a free-falling team, it’s only a matter of time before someone asks if that guy will be the target of trade talk.

That idea probably seems flat-out wrong to most fans and veterans, but it’s even more outrageous to imagine that happening with Teemu Selanne. The OC Register’s Eric Stephens couldn’t help but ask Selanne if he’d consider a trade to a Stanley Cup contender considering the Anaheim Ducks’ sorry state, though.

“I haven’t really thought about that too much,” Selanne said. ”Obviously it has been a frustrating year so far. I’m waiting for that roll that we can be hot for a while. I really believe anything can happen. After that, you know, we can talk about this later and see how it goes.”

“I don’t know what else to say, really.”

It seems like the retirement question has come up every year for Selanne, but it’s always been Anaheim or bust for the Finnish Flash. Still, those Ducks teams have been competitive during his second stint with the team. With this likely being his final NHL season, he probably at least needs to eventually consider a trade if he wants to finish his career with one last chance for one more Stanley Cup.

I’d still bet against that ever happening, though.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Aye, he’s a diehard loyalist, like Iginla or Doan. He’d only go if the ownership and/or GM were convinced it would help the club. He’d do it for them, not for himself.

    With that said? Oh, man, you cannot know how much I’d love to see a depth chart reading Sedin-Sedin-Selanne. As far as teams with conceivable need go, Vancouver’s up there. He’s a character player, first and foremost, and Lord knows they could use one on the roster. Hamhuis and Malhotra are all grit, but they’re quiet guys. Selanne, he’s a gregarious, bold sort of leader and that’s what the ‘Nucks have lacked since Trevor retired. Putting him on the Sedin line would give them a guy who’s great at getting to the hard places in front of the net and staying there, and a hell of a power play man on an already-deadly PP. Of course, this is all insane, as Selanne’s one of the only good things ABOUT the Ducks right now and trading your leading point-scorer is, generally speaking, a bad idea.

    … dear God, I just realized he’s their leading scorer. HE’S FORTY-FUCKING-ONE. What the fuck’s Getzlaf’s excuse?

  2. gowpgjets - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    He would look fantastic in those new jets jerseys!

    He started his career there and we love him, he should end it here!

  3. andyreidisfat - Jan 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    I really hate to say this because it would suck for my team but the flash would really help the rangers. They need some more goal scoring from the wing an have the younger players to swing the deal. Another team would be min. They have solid d and good goal tending but zero offense

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