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Teemu Selanne gave his All-Star spot to Corey Perry. Yeah. Just like that. Bam. Perry’s.

Jan 12, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

Selanne Perry

According to Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Teemu Selanne was going to be Anaheim’s lone NHL All-Star until he “pulled the plug on himself” and convinced the league to pick teammate Corey Perry instead.

“I’ve been there many times,” Selanne said. “Honestly, I think it’s a great opportunity for young players and Perry was MVP last year.

“He’s the man. The MVP should go. It’s better that he be there.”

Perry might be the reigning MVP but, statistically speaking, Selanne’s the man. He leads the Ducks in assists, points, power-play assists, road goals, shootout goals and has a plus-4 rating to Perry’s minus-11.

So why didn’t the Finnish Flash want to go to his 11th All-Star Game?

Well…it appears there’s a little wink-wink, nudge-nudge at play. The flight from Anaheim to Ottawa is a long one, especially for a 41-year-old with a recent history of groin injuries that would probably enjoy some rest. But since players can’t ask out of the All-Star weekend and certainly can’t bail on it (see: Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom), there has to be some creativity in excusing oneself from the festivities. Like saying how important it is for the reigning Hart Trophy to be on hand, for example.

To further illustrate this point, consider the response Selanne gave to a reporter that asked if Perry now owed him a steak dinner.

“No, I owe him a dinner,” answered Selanne.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    No different than the league just picking players as they see fit IMO

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Selanne makes valid points. Been there, done that & everyone knows its over rated. This is a classy move by a classy guy

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Why doesn’t the league just pick everyone, if they’re going to let this happen? You’d get better players in there anyway instead of stuff like the obnoxious Ottawa ballot-stuffing.

  4. danphipps01 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Class act as always. Man, I wish he’d waive his NTC and go somewhere where he could win another Cup. Don’t even care where, really, so long as they go the distance.

  5. gnazarov - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Is there a better human being in the NHL than Selanne? Just a class act. So many players in the league nowadays that would do themselves a favor by following his lead in how to conduct themselves in life.

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