Selanne Speaks to Media on Ducks Exit Interviews Day

Tuesday, 05.14.2013 / 3:08 PM / News
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Selanne Speaks to Media on Ducks Exit Interviews Day
"We have such a good team here right now. We know we’re better than this. I think everyone felt there is some unfinished business here."
Teemu Selanne spent 10 minutes with the media Tuesday afternoon during the team’s exit interviews to reflect on this past season and discuss his future.

On whether he’s made a decision yet,
I’m waiting. This is not the time to think about it. I need more time.

On this past season,
I’m obviously very disappointed about how things finished here. It’s going to be hard to watch the next round. It will hit even more.

I was hoping to get that feeling, and I think everybody else feels the same way … we didn’t leave everything out there. That’s a disappointing feeling. This team was ready to go further. I knew with our depth, the longer we would go would be to our advantage. Not so many teams have that. With one good line or two good lines, you can go pretty far. But we felt we had more than that. When you get tired as you go longer, and there are more injuries, that’s where the edge comes from. Now we’re not able to use that.

On the team’s capabilities,
We have such a good team here right now. We know we’re better than this. I think everyone felt there is some unfinished business here. It would be easier if we didn’t feel that way. I think this team is ready to win right now.

On his energy level this season,
The first half, I thought I had the energy. The second half was a bit more disappointing. The schedule was tougher also. I felt, especially when [Nick] Bonino got hurt, I felt like I didn’t find that chemistry I was looking for. Obviously that affected me. I started coming down a little bit, and the job was harder.

I felt that even though it was a shorter season, the workload was way harder than normal. In a normal season, you can pace yourself a little better and you don’t have to play seven nights in 10 days all the time. Every game was like a playoff game because you played against your own conference and division teams. It’s a totally different level than a normal season. I felt it was way harder than normal. Whatever happens, I know it’s going to be easier. It sounds weird, but that’s how I feel.

When I felt normal, it was so much fun and I know I can play well again.

On his enjoyment level,
I still found a way to enjoy it. That’s what it’s all about. The way we played as a team, that’s where the satisfaction comes from. I’m very proud of what the young guys managed to do this year. They took a huge step forward, and I’m very excited about that. That’s a good sign.

On his expectations this season,
The expectations for myself are always so high, and I didn’t think I reached those. That sometimes happens. Definitely there was room for improvement.

On whether he had doubts about himself physically,
No. No doubts. On the same hand, I was very happy with how healthy I was this year. There is always the risk with this schedule, but I had no issues at all. That’s the biggest thing.

On if he felt during the season he had lost his skills,
No. Not at all. Only energy-wise. Even a 20-year-old feels that way sometimes. Hockey-wise, no. No.

On plans to go back to Finland this summer,
We’ll probably go back there in mid-June for a couple of months. It will be the end of June sometime when I want to make a decision. The usual schedule. I think the speculation has started already though. People think they know, and it’s funny. When I go there, they just ask all the time, and I say, “I’ll tell you guys when I know.” They’re impatient.

On what will go into his decision,
It’s a commitment with training and dedication in the summertime. That’s when you have to be ready. Like I said before the good thing is, I don’t have to play. I only play because I want to play. That’s the motivation that players dream of. That’s why I take some time off. I want to start feeling either way. Do I really want to start pushing myself again? If I don’t have it, then I don’t play. That’s the best way to do it. After like six weeks, I’ll start thinking about whether I want to start working out. Your body and your mind start missing it, and then you know what’s the right decision. If you don’t get that, then it’s time to start doing something else.

On who might influence his decision,
You always listen to your family, your team and yourself.  The family is the easiest one. They support the decision whatever it is, so that makes it very easy.

On the allure of playing in the Olympics next year,
I haven’t really thought about that much easier. I know it’s there. And there is the outdoor game. There are a lot of good things which will bring more experiences and will make next year even more special. But again, it’s all about … you’ve got to be there, mentally and physically. When you have the attitude like I have, every day you want to take advantage of it. And if you don’t get it back, it’s the last one. That’s the motivation that works for me. The dedication at this age, it’s got to be 100 percent there. 


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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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