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Selanne and Jokinen not feeling positive about season happening

Nov 18, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

Jussi Jokinen AP

You can count Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne as skeptics when it comes to playing NHL hockey this season.

The two players said they’re not feeling positive about how talks are progressing and worry there won’t be a season to be played this year. Jokinen was blunt in his take (courtesy of Matias Strozyk of to Finnish site Jatkoaika.

“I have a feeling that the season won’t be played. But from the bottom of my heart I hope I’m wrong.”

Selanne, whose career might end because of the lockout, was equally pessimistic when speaking with MTV3 in Finland.

“It doesn’t look good – especially with the idea of no more talks for two weeks,” Selanne said. “I thought this would be a couple of months but now the owners have been very strict. It’s almost a take it or leave it kind of deal.”

I trained hard and everything’s set, disappointing if no season. Will then have to re-evaluate whether I want to play somewhere else or am done.”

Well that’s depressing talk from a pair of the game’s best Finnish players. Here’s to hoping Monday’s talks yield optimism that we’ll see hockey played this season.

  1. rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM


    Dec. 3

  2. braddavery - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    IF there is no season, why don’t the veteran players pondering retirement simply take the year off and rest the bones until the next season instead of retiring. I know it’s more of a time issue, but I would think that some of these old guys would welcome a year off to rest and then come back strong and healthy the next season. Brodeur is a great example. Couldn’t he welcome a year to relax and rest the old bones and joints.

  3. paledevil - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Joey and Blom visit the Soup can army…

  4. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    The last thing a player in his late 30s/early 40s needs is a season away from the game. Most of them have already been off 5 or 6 months. Adding another 10 months without game intensity will end their careers. 240 players did not return to the NHL after the 04-05 lockout. A guy like Iginla could lose up to 14 million over 2 lockouts, and perhaps up to 70 goals off his career stats. Ouch! That leaves a negative dent in a player’s legacy. But what do I know, I’m just annoying to everyone here. Right csprsbums.

    • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      @id4loey Well friend, not quite everyone, as I for one enjoy your posts as I do Blomfeld,Somekat,and a few others but their seems to be an invasion of morons from the TSN site.

  5. id4joey - Nov 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Valoisvipers, these morons you refer to use the same handles?

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