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Selanne Looks Back on Season, Discusses Looming Decision

Monday, 04.9.2012 / 5:15 PM PT / 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 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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