Teemu Selanne will make decision next week, waiting to see role

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Selanne had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games for Anaheim last season. (USATSI)
Selanne had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 games for Anaheim last season. (USATSI)

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Teemu Selanne has been considering his options all summer long but is approaching a decision; will he play another season or retire? The Ducks will take him if he commits to coming back.

While Selanne isn't quite ready to give an answer to that question, it's coming. Soon. That's what he told Eric Stephens of the O.C. Register (subscription link).

"By next week, I know what I'm going to do," Selanne said. Fair enough, straight forward.

As you probably always assumed, the decision will either be to return to the Ducks or not play at all in the NHL next season. The option of playing for another team isn't something that's really in play even if a previous quote hinted that it might be.

If you are looking for any hints as to Selanne's thinking, it will seemingly come down to Bruce Boudreau. Specifically, how he plans to use Selanne. Teemu wants to continue to play a relatively big role, one that is commiserate with his production. He wants what is fair, if he is deserving of a bigger role than he wants it. If not, OK.

The concern probably comes from the fact that Selanne saw his role diminished last season, his first full season under Boudreau in Anaheim. Selanne's average time on ice per game dropped more than two minutes from the previous season down to 15:42 per game. Not so surprisingly his points per game also slowed to just 0.52, the second-lowest PPG average in his career.

If I were a betting man I'd put my money down on Selanne returning but we'll find out soon enough.

S/t to Puck Daddy

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