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Ducks GM: Selanne will have spot if ‘he wants it bad’

Aug 1, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on February 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
(February 7, 2013 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Teemu Selanne is old. (For the NHL…not for the earth.) So Ducks general manager Bob Murray wants to know that the 43-year-old forward is totally committed to playing hockey before a contract for the 2013-14 season is agreed upon.

“I want Teemu to play if he’s 100-percent sure he wants to play,” Murray told “If he’s not sure, if he’s not feeling — when you get to that age, he’s got to want it bad. If he’s sure he wants it bad, then we’ll make it work, whatever I have to do. The only answer I need is he’s 100-percent sure he wants to play. That’s the only answer I need. I told him that the other day. I don’t care when he tells me. We’ll find a way. We’ve got lots of cap space, we have enough contracts.”

Selanne had 24 points in 46 games in 2013; however, it’s worth noting that his ice time was limited to just 14 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Does he have another season left in him? To date, he hasn’t tipped his hand one way or the other.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Time to hang up the skates Selanne, great career, HOF awaits.

    • kingcobraman - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      time for u to have another beer. Chicago likes to use and get rid of there players some teams cherish their stars and leaders …

      • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Ha ha. What a jealous cry baby comment, “Chicago likes to use and get rid of there players some teams cherish their stars and leaders …”

        This is the by far one of the dumbest commest I have read. What star has Chicago not “cherished”? We locked down Kane, Toews, Keith, Seabrook & Sharp for 5 year contracts last time I checked. Ducks have sucked since they won the cup in 2006… How many “stars” do you think a team has? There are role players and there are core/star players. The role players are expendable the star players are still winning cups for us.

        Get a clue you little jealous cry baby

      • jonnybfromaz - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        so true.

      • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        And I forgot Hossa! Him & Keith got 13 year contracts. Is that what you mean by “cherish” ?

      • kingcobraman - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I guess u forgot ur recent cup winning goal scorer , and the years you ruled the gutter to get those first picks…

      • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Dave Bolland? He is the “star” the Blackhawks need to “cherish”? HAHAHA

        You are dumber than I originally thought. Bolland is one of the best role players in the game. Scores clutch goals and gets under the skin of opponents, but he is definitely not a star. Maybe you arent aware but the NHL operates under something called a “salary cap” where you cant possibly keep every player that has ever worn your jersey. He will get paid more to play for another team in his next contract, which he rightly has earned. Along with 2 stanley cup rings!! Try not to hate on a team that has the most successful formula for winning just because your team sucks.

      • kingcobraman - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        but not apparently as well as ur wife& mom… hahahaha…

      • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        Well you’ve hit rock bottom. Your first comment was dumb. Your second comment dumber, and your third shows that you probably didnt finish 6th grade and that is where your mental state is. Congrats, point proven

      • kingcobraman - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

        looks like the jury agrees more with me than u…

      • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        Yup you’ve certainly provided a mountain of indisputable evidence that the Blackhawks do not “cherish” their stars.


        Those are your stars retard, now go put your foot in your mouth where it belongs

      • kingcobraman - Aug 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        sorry I was busy with ur sista, hey u finished ur project for your special ed class…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Bolland was not producing much the last two years. He had the worst +/1 score opn the team – almost everyone was positive. If they had kept Bolland they could not have kept Bickel, so they had to make a tough decision.

        Also have some young guys ready to call up.

        Can’t be totally fair to everyone, again the cap thing. But He’s gone to a team that has grater needs and he’ll have a bigger/better role than if he’d remained.

  2. m1k3g - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Sounds like Brian Burke rubbed off on Bob Murray a bit too much. If he wants it ‘bad’? Right, buddy.

    If he wants to play, he’s gonna play. If you’re as dumb as you sound, it may end up being for another team. The main reason he’s played for Anaheim as long as he has is that he and his family like living in OC. Just enjoy the good fortune of being in a situation where one of the best players to ever put on skates WANTS to play for your squad. He’s given the Ducks a hometown discount for like a decade now. Don’t sit there and play BS games with the guy.

    • summrcal - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      I believe Mr. Selanne likely understands what Mr. Murray meant.
      Teemu is WELL aware how valued he is here.

      • m1k3g - Aug 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        If he’s that valued, there’s no need for a comment such as this.

        You’re talking about a grown-ass man who’s played in this league for what, 20, 21 years? He knows what’s required to play. That’s why he’s taken time to think about if he wants to go through it again each of the last few seasons. He can manage that decision on his own, without mini-Burke flapping his trap.

        Can you imagine if this was a couple of years back and it was Craig Patrick saying this about Mario? Everyone in town would say “STFU, Craig.”

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    As a Jets fan we would be MORE then happy to have him here if Mr. Murray feels he doesn’t want it “bad enough”. The leadership & maturity he brings to a locker room is worth it alone, nevermind the fact he can still flat out play & score goals.

    Come home Teemu

  4. sjsharks66 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I hope he plays another season. Either he is stellar and I can enjoy watching him play, or he sucks and it will make the ducks a bit less challenging. Either way it is a win win situation.

  5. chaseutley - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I wonder if Toronto will take a look at him. Teemu’s so old that he used to play with Randy Carlyle.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      I don’t care if he scored on Johnny Bower, the dude can still play and most teams would want him if he feels he can still give it what it takes.

  6. agentdw - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    i agree, this ‘kingcobraman’ is pretty friggin stupid. i hate to say it, but he’s actually making ‘blomfeld’ look like a genius!

    • qq23wwe - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      unfortunately there is no minimum IQ required to comment. He is quite the moron though, agreed

  7. bigx21 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Selanne should come back to Pegs!! Started his career there and should finish it there. Open for you on 2nd line with Kane and fellow Fin, O. Jokinen!!

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