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from the LA Times,
Teemu Selanne gave the strongest indication yet that he may come out of semi-retirement when he said Friday there’s a “very good chance” he’ll return to play for the Ducks.
Selanne insisted he would not make a final decision until he talks with General Manager Brian Burke next week, but the 10-time All-Star forward admitted he is leaning in a certain direction.
“It could happen. I’m leaning one way. I’m not going to say which way,” Selanne said. “Right now, I feel there’s a very good chance I’m going to come back. When? That’s the question. When I feel ready. Every week, I’ve been feeling better and better and better.
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With the Hockey News report from yesterday and now this, well, it appears Teemu will soon be back.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
But the evolution of the all-star game — from a legitimate competition to the sort of shinny extravaganza it is today — happened in a short period of time and the changes were book-ended by Mike Keenan’s three appearances as the Eastern (or Wales) Conference coach.
Keenan coached in back-to-back games — 1986 in Hartford and 1988 in St. Louis (the 1987 game was replaced by Rendez-Vous, a two-game exhibition between the NHL and Soviets in Quebec City).
This week, Keenan recalled: “The first time I coached, it was a real hockey game. That was when Mike Ramsey caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down and the only way you caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down was because he didn’t expect anybody to hit him. But he flattened him and after that, there was a real edge….”
read on plus some Wings/Ducks game talk…
from the CP via TSN,
“I’m flattered by all this,” he said of conjecture he might want to move back to Canada and join the Leafs. “It’s a great job.
“If you’re Catholic, this is the Vatican.”
Toronto is the epicentre, along with Montreal, of the hockey universe, Burke said.
“I’m flattered by all the attention and that someone would think I’m the right guy for this, but I have a job that I love and I work for special people in the Samuelis. I’m not going anywhere.”
more from Brian Burke…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
TSN’s Mike Milbury says Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke — first on the fan wish list of Maple Leafs managing prospects — wants the job and will take it if (and it’s a big one) he is assured he will not see or hear from Richard Peddie outside board meetings. Peddie is the president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs.
Milbury, by the way, may know more than he’s revealing about Burke’s interest. He spent time with Burke last week in Toronto when they were shooting TSN’s Off The Record.
from the Hockey News,
Is Teemu Selanne coming back to the Anaheim Ducks?
GM Brian Burke will not confirm it, but a source in Anaheim told thehockeynews.com Selanne could be back skating with the team as early as next week.
...here comes the Big Line!
from STATS Blog,
With the young kids putting up the points, no team won more games or picked up more points than the Ducks during their month-long surge.
Team Leaders in Points, Dec. 18-Jan. 18
Team. . . . . . .W-L-OTL. . . Points
Ana. . . . . . . . .12-2-1. . . . . . .25
Pit. . . . . . . . . 10-3-1. . . . . . .21
Det. . . . . . . . .10-4-1. . . . . . .21
Atl. . . . . . . . . .9-6-2. . . . . . .20
The Red Wings come calling Wednesday on a 20-4-2 run dating to Nov. 27. It’s a big test—against a key conference rival—to see if the Ducks have ditched the Stanley Cup hangover and are nearly ready for playoff hockey.
more on the Ducks…
from the Edmonton Journal,
There is no proof to back up NHL star Chris Pronger’s claim that someone in Edmonton burned his furniture, including his child’s crib, after he was traded from the Oilers in July 2006, says a spokesman for the hockey team.
“I think it’s horrible. . . . He offers no proof,” said Allan Watt, the Edmonton Oilers’ vice-president of communications.
The team’s security people, who are trained police officers, checked out the allegation, Watt said Friday.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
After all, those arguers argue, what could be better for the Ducks GM than to see the look on arch-enemy/Oilers counterpart Kevin Lowe’s face as Burke strides to the podium in Montreal this summer and takes a top-five – or better – prospect out of Edmonton’s hands?
Funny thing is, Burke doesn’t feel that way. At all.
“That (No. 1) pick is in play,” Burke told The Hockey News Wednesday. “I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t listen to any team that expressed interest in it.”
read on and much more NHL talk…
Stealing and burning furniture, he said, did you hear it correctly?
One big mess regarding Chris Pronger on Jim Rome. Greg at the NHL Fanhouse breaks it all down….
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