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Selanne will wait until summer to make decision about returning

The Sports Xchange

--RW Teemu Selanne saw all the signs before the game and heard the crowd begging for one more year from the franchise icon as he scored a goal in the Ducks' home finale. But the winger held to his plan of announcing by July 1 whether he intends to play a 20th NHL season.

"I really would love to give an answer," Selanne said. "But obviously I decided already a long time ago that. Emotions go high and low during the season. You've got to get the right feeling. That has been happening for me in the summertime. When it's time to start pushing and working out and getting ready for the new year, that's the time you have to be ready. That's the time you have to decide if you're ready to push yourself. It's a long hard process."

--It may have also been the last home game for forwards Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and George Parros, all of whom have expiring contracts. Bobby Ryan was part of trade proposals early in the season and Ryan Getzlaf's name began to pop up in the rumor mill. Asked if there could be significant change to the roster for next season, Getzlaf said, "I honestly have no idea. We've got some moves and stuff that'll be made this summer, I'm sure. I think in large part you'll see some of the same guys. You know what? I honestly have no idea what (Ducks GM Bob Murray's) thinking. I haven't had any discussions with him."

--Mat Clark made his NHL debut for the Ducks as he played on defense while banged-up veteran Toni Lydman was given a rest. Clark, 21, logged a shade over 11 minutes of ice time and blocked two shots.

"He was like Nate Guenin back there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Didn't make many mistakes. I thought he looked a little nervous moving the puck. That was probably the biggest thing. When you come from the American League to the NHL, the biggest thing all the time is speed. Things happen a little bit quicker. They're on top of you a little quicker. You have to move the puck a little bit quicker. Those are the things that take time."

--Ducks prospect Emerson Etem is among the leading scorers in the Western Hockey League playoffs with 12 points as he led the Medicine Hat Tigers to a four-game sweep of the Saskatoon Blades in the first round. Etem scored seven goals in four games, including a hat trick and the overtime winner in Game 3. The 2010 first-round pick had 61 goals to lead the WHL in what will be his final junior season. Medicine Hat plays Moose Jaw in a second-round Eastern Conference series.

"I'll bribe him out on the golf course a couple of times this summer. We'll see how it goes. You know how it goes. I won't know anything until you know." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, on whether RW Teemu Selanne will play another season.

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