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Selanne to play or retire? We’ll know by next week

Aug 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Teemu Selanne’s decision to play one more season or retire will be known very soon according to the man himself.

The 43-year-old future Hall of Famer tells Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (subscription required), “By next week, I know what I’m going to do.”

The catch for him returning? He’s going to want top minutes and a chance to show their crew of young wingers he’s still got it. From Stephens:

“My point is, if they’re better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role,” Selanne said. “But if I’m better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That’s what I’m looking for.

“That’s fair for everybody. To be honest, I’ve been playing a big role. I don’t know if I’m ready to play 10-12 minutes a game. And that’s what I want to make sure. If I play well, I get what I deserve.

“Sometimes it’s not like that. So I want to make sure I’m treated the way I deserve.”

Ducks GM Bob Murray has essentially told Selanne if he wants to play, he’s ready to sign him. The issue here, however, is coach Bruce Boudreau has a host of young wingers ready to play more minutes.

Kyle Palmieri, Emerson Etem, and newcomer Jakob Silfverberg are all potential top-six forwards. If it comes down to a training camp battle to see who’s got it, there’s a good possibility Selanne could wind up out in the cold for more ice time.

Selanne has held strong saying he’s either playing for Anaheim or he’ll retire, but you have to wonder if it comes down to a coach’s choice that he won’t give him that ice time if he’ll change his mind. Surely there are teams that would be interested even if he’s a step slower.

 

  1. mustbechris - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Teemu a step slower is still two steps faster than half the league.

  2. jennettalia - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    While I love Teemu, and have had my breath taken by his ageless theatrics… He was the worst player on the Ducks roster last year. He had lots of trouble hitting stride, he was a defensive liability…At his core, he’s still got it. His shots are still excellent, he can still work his stick to get it off the other team’s stick, and he proved to be a good powerplay guy, when he was allowed to work a third of the ice, not the rink.

    That being said, everyone on the team had positives to their game on this team. It was a bit of a magic season for the Ducks. You have to remember how good Teemu was the year before to appreciate how bad he was last year. For Teemu… If he has another big drop off, he’s not NHL-level anymore. And it’s not a knock, because at his age, that would be a totally unfair expectation. He’s amazed us all, still playing as well has he had. And with his surgically-repaired knee… Phenomenal.

    It’s going to be unpopular to say Teemu was the worst Duck last year – People will surely disagree. But Teemu was given a healthy portion of ice time and made me nervous every transition. I truly don’t think any Duck was worse out there. I mean, throw him on the third or fourth with Etem and have him help guide the kid, maybe? Keep him on the second PP unit, because he can kinda fit that. But to play him top minutes? I wouldn’t be comfortable with that.

    I’m glad it’s in Boudreau’s hands. He’ll make the right call, whatever it is, as he’s more informed than any of us. But i’m skeptical of Teemu’s ageless wonders. The season before? He was easily our best. The next season? Stark drop-off.

    • echech88 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      “Worst player on the Ducks roster” seems a bit hyperbolic. He was a significant step down from what he was the season prior but was not the worst.

      That said…those young wingers do need more minutes. I think the Ducks are building towards something legitimate in 2 years or so and that kind of requires those 3 young forwards getting minutes and getting better.

      • jennettalia - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Perhaps a bit of a hyperbole. DSP was arguably worse, but I was definitely disappointed by Teemu more than anyone else.

  3. sharksfan97 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    The Ducks are going to love Silfverberg. In my opinion, they won that trade with Ottawa hands down.

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