Skip to content

Selanne says he’s ready to return Wednesday

Nov 5, 2013, 9:41 PM EST

SelanneFace Getty Images

After getting some dental work done and skating – including in practice on Tuesday – it sounds like Teemu Selanne might return to action sooner than expected. He told the Los Angeles Times that he’s good to go against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.

“I’m ready,” Selanne said. “I skated today, and I’ve been skating a couple days already.”

The 43-year-old will be re-evaluated during Wednesday’s skate, so there’s a chance that optimism might dampen a bit.

Still, it sounds like he (partially) dodged a bullet.

“I was lucky in many ways, it could’ve been way, way worse,” Selanne said. “The mouthguard saved me. It was just a half hour to put the new ones in.”

That’s good news even if he’s out a little bit longer, and a nice lesson for players who dangle their mouthpieces out of their mouths during play.

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Unhappy Hextall says ‘there’s no short-term fixes here’

    Nov 28, 2014, 5:18 PM EST

    Flyers Draft Hockey AP

    He was quite composed when he said it, for the record.

  2. Video: Hjalmarsson crushes Kesler, Lindholm scores in wild sequence (Updated)

    Nov 28, 2014, 5:03 PM EST

    Arizona Coyotes v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Anaheim forward didn’t take another shift for the remainder of the opening frame.

  3. Trade: Ducks get Brewer from Lightning; Beauchemin out 4-6 weeks

    Nov 28, 2014, 4:54 PM EST

    David Clarkson, Eric Brewer AP

    Veteran d-man wasn’t playing much for Tampa Bay.

  4. Hall went to MacT in support of Eakins

    Nov 28, 2014, 4:15 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Getty Images

    Oilers looked better last night in Nashville.

  5. The Coyotes would ‘love a franchise player,’ but tanking is not in their ‘DNA’

    Nov 28, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

    Don Maloney Getty Images

    “Just that idea destroys the whole credibility of an organization.”

  6. Bye-bye Berra? Avs to stick with Pickard in goal

    Nov 28, 2014, 3:41 PM EST

    Colorado Avalanche v Arizona Coyotes Getty Images

    Even after Semyon Varlamov returns from injury.

  7. Video: Martin St. Louis scores goal for 1,000th point

    Nov 28, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning Getty Images

    Not bad for a little guy who wasn’t even drafted.

  8. Habs to healthy scratch Gilbert for first time this season

    Nov 28, 2014, 1:50 PM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks v Montreal Canadiens Getty Images

    Veteran d-man will be parked in the press box in Buffalo tonight.

  9. A brief post on the unpredictable nature of goaltending

    Nov 28, 2014, 1:08 PM EST

    Ryan Strome, Semyon Varlamov, Zach Redmond AP

    Semyon Varlamov was brilliant last season, but not so much this season.

  10. Trotz wants more ‘interior presence’ from the Caps

    Nov 28, 2014, 11:19 AM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals Getty Images

    “Need a little more traffic, need second efforts.”

  11. Loktionov signs in KHL

    Nov 28, 2014, 11:01 AM EST

    Andrei Loktionov Getty Images

    Former King, Devil and ‘Cane joins HC Lokomotiv.

  12. NHL on NBC: Rangers vs. Flyers in a Thanksgiving Showdown

    Nov 28, 2014, 10:45 AM EST

    Jakub Voracek, Dan Boyle AP

    Eat some leftovers and watch some quality afternoon hockey.

  13. As Columbus searches for ‘identity,’ Dubinsky resumes practicing

    Nov 28, 2014, 9:50 AM EST

    Brandon Dubinsky, Taylor Beck AP

    He could return in about a week if things progress well.

Featured video

Eakins on his way out of Edmonton?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (2759)
  2. V. Hedman (2730)
  3. P. Datsyuk (2479)
  4. D. Krejci (2210)
  5. P. Sharp (2169)
  1. B. Elliott (1975)
  2. Z. Chara (1824)
  3. S. Varlamov (1796)
  4. R. McDonagh (1754)
  5. B. Marchand (1695)