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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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13


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