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Selanne Looks Back on Season, Discusses Looming Decision

Monday, 04.09.2012 / 8:15 PM / News
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Selanne Looks Back on Season, Discusses Looming Decision
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


Will he come back for one more year?

"I hope everybody on our team remembers this feeling. It’s not fun. The playoffs are the time to shine. That’s the bread and butter. We feel we have all the tools and pieces to be a great team"
As has been the case each year since 2007, the biggest question facing the Ducks in the offseason is the fate of Teemu Selanne.

Since he and the Ducks hoisted the Stanley Cup five years ago, the future Hall-of-Famer has annually contemplated retirement. Much to the delight of his teammates and Anaheim fans, Selanne has eventually returned each time to lace up his skates. Was Saturday’s season finale at Calgary, his 1,341st career game, his last time in the NHL as player? He remained undecided on the club’s final day at Honda Center on Monday.

“We are going to go (to Finland) in the middle of June,” Selanne said. “I have my hockey school there right away. That point is usually the time when I start getting ready for the next season. I’m still waiting for that time. Usually by that time, your body is almost screaming to just do something. Then, it’s fun again and you have passion. Either I get that feeling. Or if not, I’ll do something else. It’s easy.”

Though he will turn 42 years old on July 3, Selanne is showing zero signs of it after completing his 19th NHL season. He played in all 82 regular season games for the fifth time in his career and the first since 2006-07. In those contests, he led Anaheim with 66 points (26 goals, 40 assists) and continued to show world-class speed that left players half his age in the dust.

Another appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs eluded him though, as the Ducks could not cap off a miracle comeback in the second half of the season after struggling mightily in the first three months. Anaheim wound up finishing the season 13th in the Western Conference with a 34-36-12 record (80 points).

“There were a lot of question marks there,” he said. “It comes like automatic, the feeling of Is this it now? Is it over right now? It’s mixed feelings. You still want to be in the playoffs and not finish the season there.”
“I think we all feel we are supposed to be there,” Selanne said. “The second half is exactly what I expected. It’s going to be tough to watch the playoffs this year. I hope everybody on our team remembers this feeling. It’s not fun. The playoffs are the time to shine. That’s the bread and butter. We feel we have all the tools and pieces to be a great team. That is a good sign. There are a lot of good, young players coming up. A lot of good things are going on here.”

There is no question everybody wants No. 8 to be back with the team next season. The loud chants of “One more year” during the home finale on April 1 were proof of that. It will all depend on if Selanne has the desire to continue his illustrious career for a 20th season. He hopes to have an answer by July 1, the start of NHL free agency.

When the final horn sounded at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, a wave of emotions hit Selanne as they have had in the past on his final game of the season. It very well could have been his last moment in the NHL. 

“There were a lot of question marks there,” he said. “It comes like automatic, the feeling of Is this it now? Is it over right now? It’s mixed feelings. You still want to be in the playoffs and not finish the season there.”

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 50 32 12 6 147 134 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 49 31 16 2 155 113 64
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 47 27 17 3 129 120 57
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 49 15 35 7 50
C. Perry 35 19 13 13 32
R. Kesler 50 13 19 -3 32
S. Vatanen 50 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 49 19 7 11 26
P. Maroon 42 6 19 1 25
C. Fowler 49 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 49 5 16 12 21
J. Silfverberg 50 6 13 2 19
R. Rakell 39 5 12 2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 7 5 .918 2.27
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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