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Selanne on waiving no-trade clause: “I know it’s my call”

Feb 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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Teemu Selanne thinks his future could be decided over the next few days.

That’s what he told the OC Register following Anaheim’s 3-2 loss in Tampa. The Finnish Flash explained how the Ducks’ current eight-game road trip — which ends Thursday in Carolina — will play a key role in deciding if he waives his no-trade clause.

“We all knew that this trip is going to be do or die,” Selanne said. “So far we have played so well here that I don’t even have to think about any other options.”

“I know it’s my call. This road trip has helped me a lot.”

While it’s true the Ducks have played well on the trip (4-2-1 thus far), failing to get a point in Carolina could be devastating. Anaheim’s in the unenviable of having to leapfrog five teams just to get into a playoff spot, meaning regulation losses are killer. For example: Should L.A. beat Colorado tonight and Anaheim lose outright in Carolina on Thursday, the Ducks would find themselves eight points out of the playoffs with 21 games left.

At that point, would Selanne start thinking about waiving his NTC for Monday’s deadline?

“You know what, I really believe that we’re going to make it,” he said, deflecting the question. “Like I said earlier, it would be selfish to even think about other options right now.”

But there’s also this, from The Register:

When asked directly if he plans to be with the Ducks for the remainder of the season, Selanne coyly said, “Right now, yeah.”

The wildcard here is what Selanne could fetch Ducks GM Bob Murray on the open market. With Tuomo Ruutu re-upping in Carolina, there’s a real lack of impact forwards available and given the prices teams are currently paying for defensemen…well, just imagine what some GMs would be willing to pay for a point-a-game scorer with over 100 playoff games and a Stanley Cup on his resume.

  1. lsxphotog - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Selanne is a team player. When people ask him these kind of questions and are surprised by his answers they clearly haven’t watched him during his career. He’s all about the team and winning games. The only way he would ever move is to make the team he leaves better.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Good point. There’s also the somewhat controversial *wink wink, nudge nudge* rental where a guy gets traded at the deadline…only to magically re-sign with the team that traded him. (See, Tkachuk, Keith, St. Louis/Atlanta, 2007.)

      Pretty sure those deals are now frowned against, but not illegal. Wonder if Anaheim/Selanne would consider it.

      Btw, the Blues got a 1st and 3rd in 2007 and a 2nd in 2008 for Tkachuk. That turned into Ian Cole, Brett Sonne and Philip McRae (son of Basil!)

  2. seanthegreatest - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    4-1-2 give credit where do. 10 of 14 possible points. Considering the ducks were 20 point out of 8th on Jan 6 and now are only 6, I think it is unlikely he would waive the no trade. The Ducks are the hottest team in the league since Jan 6.

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