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Have we seen Teemu Selanne’s final NHL game?

May 13, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

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At the age of 42, Teemu Selanne is approaching a crossroads in his career.

He’s a pending unrestricted free agent this summer. With the Anaheim Ducks losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following a 3-2 Game 7 defeat on Sunday, the question of whether Selanne will play next season is now being tossed around.

Greg Beacham of the Associated Press tweeted out following the game that “…Selanne is going to take several weeks to contemplate his future. Says he’s not leaning either way, still in shock from 1st-rd loss.”

Selanne played in 46 of Anaheim’s 48 regular season games, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists.

Not bad production for someone in their early 40s.

But he had just one goal and three points in seven games against the Red Wings in the post season. In the final four games of the series, Selanne was held without a point, and was a minus-one in the deciding contest.

If this is the end to Selanne’s playing career, he’ll leave the game with 675 goals and 1,430 points in 1,387 regular season games.

That’s a remarkable career.

You’ll also recall that as a rookie with the original Winnipeg Jets, Selanne scored an amazing 76 goals in 84 games during the 1992-93 season. He accumulated 132 points that season.

  1. rushledger - May 13, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    If he’s done with the ducks organization on the ice, one year with the jets would be huge for him and Winnipeg then he could go back to the ducks front office, that be awesome.

  2. windmiller4 - May 13, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    Sure hope its not his last game. Teemu has been fun to watch, Lets hope the Finnish Flash can hang around for at least another season

  3. rushledger - May 13, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    He loves the ducks organization, they’ve been good to him, he and his family love it there they won a championship there but Winnipeg treats him like a legend, even his son recommended he go back and play their again. If he is considering playing again those are his two options, have a small chance of winning a cup with the ducks, or go back to the jets maybe help them get into the playoffs and play in a rocking barn every home game, tough call.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - May 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Stick around and go for 700 goals! Great career either way.

  5. datcrazybok - May 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I’m 33, and started watching hockey in junior high school, right about the time Kariya and Selanne teamed up on the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Those two and Pavel Bure, plus my junior high buddy Kyle Wright who moved to Oklahoma City from Minnesota, were a big reason I became a hockey fan and I’ve followed his career ever since.

    It always sucks when one of the greats retires, but it sucks even worse when the great is a class act and a great example. The NHL will miss Selanne, and I sure will as well.

  6. hazlydose - May 13, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Selanne is one of the all time greats and a class act. If this was his last game, its been a pleasure watching him over the years.

  7. sharksman - May 13, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I hope not, having watched him this year he still looked faster than most guys on the ice and he is a good guy

  8. dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    I sure hope he doesn’t call it quits. He is one of the remaining players that were in the league when I first discovered this great sport about 21-22 years ago at the ripe age of 5. Crazy to me, seeing that I am going to be 27. I have always enjoyed watching Teemu play. End of an era that is for sure, but hopefully he has one more in him. Seeing him with the Jets would be amazing.

    -Wings Fan

  9. chanceoffleury1 - May 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    The best thing about Selanne is that as incredible of hockey player as he is, he is an even better human being. You don’t find that enough these days. I hope he plays just one more season. But then again, I’ll probably say that at the end of next season, too! Haha!

  10. tackledummy1505 - May 14, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    You can say he only had 1 goal and 3 points, but that’s 1 goal and 3 points more than their franchise superstar, who’s almost 20 years younger

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