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Selanne hopes Ducks “get pissed off” about low predictions

Jan 16, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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If you ask the right person, Teemu Selanne‘s farewell tour represents one of the biggest reliefs of the lockout’s end. The Finnish Flash seems intent on making the most of his last season, too.

Here’s his reaction to the general consensus that the Anaheim Ducks won’t be a contender, via the OC Register’s Eric Stephens:

“That can’t be the only motivation. But hopefully we’ll get pissed off here,” Selanne said.

Actually, there should be plenty of motivation to go around in Anaheim.

Potential franchise-altering contract years from Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf could push the Ducks to exceed expectations or fall into an awkward rebuild (more on that here). Beyond that, a slow start could force Bobby Ryan to fight off another slew of trade rumors while Jonas Hiller tries to prove last season’s health problems are behind him.

Still, those are individual concerns, so perhaps Bruce Boudreau can utilize this (somewhat cliched?) bulletin board material to inspire the Ducks to overachieve.

At the very least, season predictions encouraged Selanne to provide us with a little bit of salty language.

  1. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Full marks to that organization for not over-reacting. They’re deep enough at forward, and I believe Cam Fowler will establish himself this year. If there’s an affliction that a goalie can’t afford to have, it’s vertigo. Assuming Hiller is over that, they’re in the top 8.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Selanne is the man. They have 4 star forward s a good goalie day should make the playoffs no excuses

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Who Thumbsdown selanne wow

      • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        They’re not downvoting Selanne. Everyone loves that guy. They’re downvoting because the Ducks had just about the same roster last year and sucked out loud. What’s changed, exactly?

    • vanindeed - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      they had 4 star forwards last year too….

  3. capsfan19 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Boudreau’s greatest quote- “GET YOUR A$$ OUT OF YOUR HEAD!”

  4. tronn25 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    The entire Ducks organization is a joke. Selanne is the only stand up class act on the team. Once he retires, the rest of the team and their fans will further be completely absorbed by White Trash.

  5. bricktop02 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Just trade Ryan to the flyers and get it over with.

    • vanindeed - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      You mean the Canucks

      • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        You mean Perry. Perry to the ‘Nucks, Getzlaf to the Leafs, Ryan to the Flyers.

        Let the downvotes fly. =3

    • andyb02 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Right? He’s gonna be a Flyer sooner or later anyway. He’ll come here as a free agent if he has to.

  6. spetznaz777 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    the great farewell getzlaf traded toronto, perry signs as FA with red wings, selanne traded to contender and retires. bobby ryan doesnt get traded cries again because he’s in the rumor mill thats my prediction.

  7. gcbean - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Quack quack

  8. supercoop8 - Jan 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I love how Detroit and Philly fans are still assuming they will land every star free agent even after getting burned this summer.

    • andyb02 - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      He grew up a Flyers fan, is from the area, grew up playing pee wee at the Flyers skate zone, and has publicly said he wants to come here. There is a very good chance he will be a Flyer.

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