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Selanne to miss game against Predators to prep for Sochi

Feb 7, 2014, 5:38 PM EDT

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Teemu Selanne won’t be suiting up in the Anaheim Ducks’ final game before the Olympic break.

Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports Selanne did not make the trip with the team to Nashville and stayed home to rest up and leave for Sochi on Sunday. The Ducks face the Predators on Saturday night while Selanne will represent Finland at the Olympics.

Before you freak out thinking Selanne did this on his own, he didn’t. Stephens says Ducks GM Bob Murray and coach Bruce Boudreau all discussed it with Selanne and decided it was best for him to do things this way.

This season, Selanne, 43, has been taking some nights off, generally the second game of back-to-back games on the road. The Ducks last played on Wednesday against Chicago.

  1. bringbackthevipers - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Pretty cool to see GM’s and coaches putting a players interest in front of their own for once. If I’m a free agent this summer, Anaheim is looking pretty good right now. Long Island… Not so much.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Being a deservedly revered elder statesman of the game should bring some perks, IMHO.

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