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Selanne doesn’t think Ducks need to make big changes

Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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It might be a while before we know if Teemu Selanne will play in 2012-13 or hang up his skates. However, if any Ducks fans were worried that Selanne might have soured to the team’s direction following a poor 2011-12 campaign, they will be pleasantly surprised.

Selanne doesn’t think the team needs to make significant changes over the summer, especially after they bounced back in the second half of the season.

“When this team turned around the mess we did in the first half that’s going to make for a strong team afterward,” Selanne said. “We did that together. It was this group. We didn’t have 10 new faces. It was these guys right here.”

It helps that Anaheim’s core outside of Selanne is still young. Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Bobby Ryan are all in their mid-20s and they got a number of younger players, such as blueliners Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa, who could develop into cornerstones of the franchise.

Selanne said that he will let Anaheim know by July 1 if he will retire, which would give them the ability to make whatever adjustments to their free agent strategy that they feel are necessary.

  1. bmorethansteel - Apr 2, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Hahaha! Lots of respect for the future HOF’r but…..Hahaha!

  2. SharkCircle - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I have been critical of the Anaheim Ducks direction, more so the cheapness of their ownership than the moves specifically, but I actually agree with Selanne. When I criticized the Ducks chances moving forward, I had not seen Palmieri play, I had not seen Etem play, and Smith-Pelly wasn’t really making any impact at the NHL level.

    Now they are healthy. Jason Blake is back. They acquired Niklas Hagman. Those may not seem like significant players or moves, but when it comes to creating depth on a roster, which was always the Ducks achilles heel, it really does add up, it’s very important. So Blake is healthy, Hagman is a legitimate NHL player, Palmieri is starting to look like he can be an impact player, Smith-Pelly is starting to create. Now you’ve got something. You’ve finally got depth, you’ve got offense and puck control and possession that’s actually coming from other sources besides the top line and Selanne.

    I think it’s very important for the Ducks to not trade Getzlaf, Perry, or Ryan, and if they can’t find a better 2nd line center, they definitely need to bring Koivu back. I would bring him back anyway, he’s a very good complimentary player, would make a hell of a third-line center which would be his ideal placement, but he does a hell of a job filling in on the 2nd line actually when you consider his cap hit.

    I would bring him back, for sure, same with Blake, Hagman too if it’s cheap. I would basically keep the gang together, then add as much on top of it as I could, whether a 2nd line C, a top four two-way defenseman, or both, and then the final touch is calling up Etem and Palmieri, now you have three or four lines with talent on them. You have a very unique team with a lot of young legs and firepower.

    That’s what I would do. People suggesting the Ducks should trade Getzlaf are crazy. I’ve criticized him, I understand he’s taken the year off in some ways and that’s infuriating for Ducks fans, but if you trade him, your best center is Saku Koivu. It’s franchise suicide to trade your only top-six center. He’s a top-line center in his sleep, he’s as talented as anyone save for the Crosby’s and Malkin’s, this is someone you never trade. If you have to trade any forward it’s between Ryan and Perry, probably Ryan, but I wouldn’t go moving him either. He’s a fantastic player. I’m not sure Ducks fans realize what they have in those three forwards, or how truly rare forwards of that quality are. You trade him, you will never find someone as good. These guys are rare, hard to draft, even harder to trade for or sign in free agency if you lose one. The Ducks are always bottom five-ten in scoring in the NHL, they don’t need to be trading one of their top forwards, even if they have some good young forwards coming. The goal is to improve, to add Palmieri and Etem on top of what you already have, so you go from 25th in offense to 5th or whatever it may be. Adding Palmieri but subtracting Ryan just leaves you back where you started, at 25th, probably much worse because Palmieri is not Ryan or close at this point. Neither is Etem.

    So like I said, I would not subtract any key pieces, the Ducks are actually getting close to being a very good team if they just stand pat, add these young talents to the team, and maybe just round out the team a bit with another good defenseman or center. It would be a big mistake at this point to blow it up when the Ducks are looking for next year about as good as I’ve seen them on paper maybe since winning their Cup.

    • bluesrawesome - Apr 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Wow how long did that take to write that ? I agree
      with every thing you said they need a all around d man(Ryan suter?), depth and a #2 center and this team would be top 4 contender in the west. They have one of the more underrated goaltenders in the league but lack a solid back up goaltender.

      Finnaly hopefully Selanne’s career isn’t over. He’s had a he’ll of a run since when he started. He deserves it all too he seems like a super good guy. I’ve been to 2 blues vs ducks games here in stl and he spent around 5 minutes throwing pucks over the glass to fans!! These things don’t go unnoticed its great when players do that.

  3. rainyday56 - Apr 3, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    He’s basically imploring management not to make that “blockbuster” trade with Burke in the off season.

    • govtminion - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      That assumes Burke is still employed to make such a trade…

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