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Sbisa ’99 percent sure’ Selanne returns this season

Aug 28, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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We’re still waiting to see what Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will do about playing this year, but one of his teammates thinks he has a bead on what the future Hall of Famer will do.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa tells Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (paywall) he believes Selanne will be back this year.

“I’ve asked him about five times,” Sbisa said. “You want to play? You got to play. And he’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ We’ll see. But I’m 99 percent sure he’s going to play.

“I think he’s got one more year for sure. But it’s up to him.”

Selanne met with coach Bruce Boudreau yesterday in Anaheim to discuss what his role with the team would be this year. Boudreau seems to be the one guy who will influence Selanne’s decision the most as he’s said he wants to play top-six minutes.

As it is, Corey Perry tells NHL.com they need Selanne back after trading Bobby Ryan to Ottawa this summer.

  1. arejaye57 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Selanne is like the NHL’s Brett Favre

    • ntvd7 - Aug 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Favre was an absolute joke towards the end

      Selanne is a class act

    • gnazarov - Aug 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      @arejaye57 Well that’s a moronic take.

  2. jimw81 - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:22 AM

    Selanne one of the best class acts in the league.He’s a first ballot HOFer.

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