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Selanne brushes off healthy scratch

Apr 24, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

Teemu Selanne AP

People didn’t even wait until the end of an eventual Game 4 Dallas Stars win to chastise the Anaheim Ducks for making Teemu Selanne a healthy scratch. The future Hall of Famer was willing to let it go on Thursday though.

“It’s over. I don’t even want to talk about the whole thing,” Selanne said. “I told Bruce it’s a new day, the series starts now. There are no hard feelings.”

“It’s playoff time, and I don’t even want to think of any negative energy. Tomorrow is a big day, and we go from there.”

There’s also an outside chance that getting a break – and maybe a little spark from not dressing – might just be a blessing in disguise. The 43-year-old was selectively rested through the 2013-14 regular season, so maybe he can make more of an impact than he did earlier in this series (one assist through three games).

Either way, the beloved winger maintains the kind of attitude that makes him such a darling among NHL fans. It remains to be seen if he can help the Ducks extend his career beyond the first round, though.

  1. lowenni - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Still don’t understand what Boudreau’s reasoning for scratching him was, unless it was just to give him a breather. But definitely doesn’t sound like Selanne wanted to be scratched so…Even if he was underperforming or not scoring like he used to, he still couldve been more valuable than perhaps some of the Ducks depth players like Rakell or Smith-Pelley or Etem. Plus he’s a leader. Not like the Ducks fared any better without him. Either way, any true hockey fan will forget these minor blips in his career and remember him for what he truly is–one of the classiest people in sports and a MOTHAEFFIN LEGEND

  2. maalea - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Perfect response from a 1st ballot HOFer.

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