Selanne: 'This Time is Very Important'

Friday, 09.19.2008 / 2:45 PM PT / Features
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Selanne: \'This Time is Very Important\'
“I really re-energized and got excited again. I think the end of last year was just teasing almost. The good thing is I’m healthy. I feel very good physically and now mentally I’m fresh."

By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com

Flashing the same infectious smile Orange County has grown accustomed to seeing over the years, Teemu Selanne arrived somewhat surprisingly at Honda Center on Friday morning for the unofficial start to Ducks training camp.

Selanne talks to the press Friday morning
Still waiting to sign a new standard player contract with the Ducks as the team diligently works behind the scenes to clear salary cap space, Selanne instead choose to sign a pro tryout agreement with the team. The one-page agreement allows the 38-year-old to participate in training camp beginning Saturday morning at Anaheim ICE and even to play in preseason games.

While the move could be considered risky for Selanne, it is a notion he quickly dispelled after running through a gamut of tests along with the rest of his teammates for physicals at the arena.

“I have been a risk taker all my life,” Selanne said. “I have been skating already six weeks and any day something could happen. I don’t want to miss the camp. I really believe that this time is very important. That’s why I did it.”

Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke reiterated that, “It is our goal to bring Teemu back. We’ve made progress and I’m optimistic, but we do not have a deal yet and we do not have cap space at any rate to get things done.”

Selanne’s desire to play is in stark contrast to the way he felt at this time last season when he considered retirement into January. After winning the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007, the right winger didn’t think he could mentally check back into the game. When he finally did return to the Ducks last season, Selanne felt a hunger to play similar to the way he felt after the lockout year in 2004-05.

“After the Cup, I was just empty,” Selanne said. “I really re-energized and got excited again. I think the end of last year was just teasing almost. The good thing is I’m healthy. I feel very good physically and now mentally I’m fresh.”

“I have been a risk taker all my life. I have been skating already six weeks and any day something could happen. I don’t want to miss the camp. I really believe that this time is very important. That’s why I did it.” - Teemu Selanne

The Finnish Flash is feeling so good that he also is considering the option of signing on to play not only in 2008-09 but also the following season. “The problem is if I sign one year and if I want to play next year, there might be even less money available then because not many guys have a contract next year,” Selanne said. “That is one thing that I have to remember. The good thing is I want to finish my career in Anaheim with the Ducks. That is a big thing for me. That is why a two-year deal would work better, but let’s see what happens.”

The first order of business to get Selanne signed, as has been the case, is to make cap space available. The most likely player to be dealt from the Ducks to get to that point is Mathieu Schneider, who was absent from the morning festivities. The defenseman sought and was given permission by the team to not report to training camp. Although Burke said the team has reserved the right to revoke that permission at any time, he hopes that a deal can be consummated for the 20-year-veteran within the next three to four days.

“I would say the number of teams that are in on this that have either made a proposal or said they are going to right now is five active and one on the backburner,” Burke said. “Virtually all of the deals we’re talking about include more assets than just one player. We’re looking at a full spectrum.”

As the Ducks wait for solutions to their cap woes and Selanne’s contract situation, the team is simply content having their career scoring leader around as they begin work on the new season ahead.

“We’re pretty happy to have him part of our team,” Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “I think Teemu is obviously a great teammate. For him to start the season with us, it is sure going to help us. He’ll be able to form chemistry with linemates early on and it’s going to help us in the long run.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58


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