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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 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60


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