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Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Posted on: April 24, 2011 11:22 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 11:24 pm
 
Teemu Selanne wasn’t about to discuss whether his 18th season would be his last in the NHL after the Anaheim Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators on Sunday.

Selanne, who turns 41 in July, tends to let these kinds of decisions linger well into the summer -- if not longer.

“No,” was his simple answer to a reporter’s question on if he had a timetable for a decision after the Ducks lost, 4-2, in Game 6.

Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t have a ton of work ahead of him this summer. All his Stars are under contract and his goalie situation --- which could easily be blamed for the Ducks’ first round exit --- will likely be worked out if Jonas Hiller gets healthy this offseason. Hiller, who was having a Vezina Trophy-type season at the All-Star Break, missed all but one of the Ducks’ final 24 preseason games and didn’t get a minute of playing time as he battled dizziness linked to vertigo.


That left the job in net to Ray Emery (unrestricted free agent) and Dan Ellis (signed through 2011-12). Neither were spectacular in net, although Emery did show, after more than a year on the shelf after hip surgery, that he could at least serve as a viable backup somewhere.

The only other cogs in the Ducks’ lineup who is unrestricted is grinder forward Todd Marchant and defenseman Andreas Lilja.

As far as coach Randy Carlyle goes, it’s doubtful he’d get the boot. Murray received an extension in February when the Ducks were out of the top-8 in the Western Conference standings and Carlyle --- whose contract runs two more seasons --- guided Anaheim to an admirable finish despite losing Hiller in arguably the toughest division in hockey.
-- A.J. Perez
 
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Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:11 am
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Teemu is too much of a competitor to end his career like this. It would have different if he had a mediocore year and a lackluster playoff round but look at the facts: he averaged close to a point a game in the regular season in addition to being one of league's top snipers on the power play.  Couple that with an god-like playoff series where he almost single-handedly kept the Ducks in the series. I think he realizes that the team was starting to gel and with the minimal changes expected next year, thinks that he will have an opportunity to advance even farther next year.  This coupled with that he is an even more remarkable human being than a hockey player, I seriously that #8 will not ride off into the sunset until the end of next year. 



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Selanne will be back. No way he's retiring after the season he had. He hasn't lost a step, and he obviously can still score.
It just wasn't our year. The loss of Hiller and the goalie drama was a big factor. We also rebuilt our entire defense, which took a while to gel. Visnovsky was playing with 2 injured shoulders against Nashville, which really messed up the D.
Also, there are too many positives going for us for Selanne to walk away. The third line was starting to emerge late in the season. And the defense was playing really well. Our power play was awesome, ranked in the top 5 I think. We have all the pieces in place if we bring back the same team. We just needed time to gel, and we were playing great after the All Star break.
One more year! One more year!



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:14 pm
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

   For a man who is about 6 months older than me, I wish I was in as good of shape. He had a great series against my Predators and I do hope he stays for another year because it sure did look like he hasn't lost his skill or speed. He was skating better than half the kids his age and has the heart of a lion. Even at 41 I wouldn't mind seeing him on the Preds roster, but his best fit would be the Ducks again or maybe Winnepeg if they get a team. I wish the best for this great competitor and individual and hope he has a couple of more years to play in this league. Wouldn't it be something if a healthy Paul Karya could join him again for his last year or two if he comes back.....



Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

seriously, we all know Selanne and Doug Weight are both going to sign with the Rangers..
Then Messier, Leetch and Chelios will jump on too..Foot in mouth



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Teemu would be a great fit for one more season in Winnipeg if that city gets an NHL team back next year. He is revered there still, and would finish his career full circle, where he had his most personal success (76 goal Rookie season).



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 11:29 am
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Ray Emery played great I dont know how you cant say other wise.
He kept the Ducks in the games against Nashville
I would love to keep Ray and let him battle Jonas for the #1



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:28 am
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

Im uncertain about my future too arent we all.....



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:02 am
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

He's more than a great hockey player.  He's a great person.  He works his ass off to get and stay in shape.  At almost 41 he's better then most players that are 21 plus he's just an extremely charismatic player that leads by example and not just with empty words.  I think the Ducks should give him a big raise and get him back assuming he wants to continue playing.  If he retires then I'll be satisfied knowing that I've had a chance to watch one of the games great players.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 25, 2011 3:01 am
 

Selanne one of few questions for Ducks

He could sign with the Sharks. I hated seeing him leave.


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