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Duck drama: Selanne to sit as healthy scratch in Game 4

Apr 23, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

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After going pointless in back-to-back games and receiving his lowest ice time of the series on Monday, Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne will be parked as a healthy scratch for tonight’s Game 4 in Dallas.

Selanne confirmed the news Wednesday morning and, according to the O.C. Register, recently recalled speedster Emerson Etem will draw into the lineup in Selanne’s place.

“I’m disappointed,” Selanne said, per the Calgary Sun. “I want to play, but I can’t really control it right now.”

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau hinted after Game 3 — a 3-0 loss in which the Ducks failed to beat Kari Lehtonen on 37 shots — that he was considering a lineup change and, based on history and numbers, it’s not totally surprising that Selanne’s the guy. Anaheim has rested the 43-year-old on a number of occasions this year and his ice time was almost non-existent in the third period on Monday, as he received just two shifts.

Selanne also hasn’t registered a point since assisting on Matt Beleskey‘s game-winning tally in Game 1. Per the Register, tonight will mark the first time the Finnish Flash has sat as a postseason healthy scratch since it happened with Colorado in 2004.


  1. matt14gg - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    There should be a special exception for an extra roster spot for possibly the classiest player the league has ever seen.

  2. toiletclown - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    What a big F-U to a legend

    • sjsblitz - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      He should be happy, today is Applesauce Day at the old folks home

      • skr213 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        On behalf of Sharks fans everywhere, I would like to apologize for sjssblitz’s comment. Selanne is all class and should be respected as such.

      • sjsblitz - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        SAP Booed Selanne when he was last at the Shark Tank btw

    • storminator16 - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      And Terry Crisp had to scratch Lanny Mcdonald and Jim Peplinski in the ’89 playoffs. How did that work out for the Flames? Oh, yeah.

      If Selanne isn’t scoring, he is almost useless. There, I said it.

      • jshimota01 - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        sjsblitz – we did what?! if 2-3 people sitting in your section booed him I can understand their ignorance. But thats not the tank’s style. Now back when theo fleury was the pest…. yea.. maybe we booed.
        I’ve got great memories of Selanne – a pic of my kid sitting on his lap, and a memory of him missing the wide open net in the playoffs years back… still he flashes and treats media and fans properly and respectfully. skr213 said it best but I’ll rephrase ” we apologize for the idiot amongst us “.

  3. smarshall3789 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    It’s not a F U it’s smart rest him for the rest of the series the Ducks got it! They need him healthy and ready to go the next rounds cause it’s only gonna get tougher it’s smart to do that!

    • bildomac07 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      It’s the NHL playoffs where anything can and will happen… Wouldn’t be counting any chickens just yet..

  4. rushledger - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Rest him a game that’s fine as long as he gets back in for game 5.

  5. c9castine - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    i think people are reading too much into this. with a 2-1 series lead, i see nothing wrong with resting the guy. he is clearly a very effective player still as long as he is fresh and energized. watched him in game 2 he looked great.

    if dallas were to tie the series, id rather him not have played this game, and be ready to go game 5.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    He is genuinely the worst forward on the team at this point of the career, as disappointing as it is to see it. Hope that a game off can get him feeling good and back to a better playing level.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Iginla deals with it. Has to be a worst player on every team.

  7. joey4id - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Ducks are coming off a 3 – zip loss, and now leading the series 2 – 1. Selanne had 2 shots on net, was -1, and played 10 minutes. Yes! 10 minutes, and 2 mins were spent on the PP, so 8 minutes of even strength. And that’s after 2 days rest between game 2 and 3. He played 13 minutes in game 1, and 2 mins were spent on the PP. He played 10 mins in game 2 and 2 mins were spent on the PP. I don’t buy the theory that Boudreau is resting him so he can come back stronger. Who in his right mind would rest a player after losing a game on the road and risk losing 2 straight on the opponent’s ice? Terrible hockey IQ if that’s what Boudreau is doing. He is deranged and should not be in the NHL if he’s not dressing the players who he thinks will help the team win a crucial game. Yes! Crucial because all games are crucial at this time of the year.

    Yeah! It’s too bad to see Selanne get the hook. On the other hand, this is not the time to be concerned about ruffling feathers. The coach is paid to win games, not risk losing them.

  8. strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Thank you Teemu, for helping Granlund develop into the studly stud he is….
    -The Wild

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