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Video- The Puck Drop In Finland

Teemu Selanne!

 

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Video- A Couple Of Jokesters, Paul Kariya And Teemu Selanne

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After Teemu Selanne, Who Else Gets In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Teemu Selanne, the 15th highest score in league history with a batch of trophies, is considered a lock to be announced in his first year, one of four spots open in the player category, including up to two female candidates. Of 14 skaters joining the waiting list this year with a common link of  1,000 NHL regular season games, 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points, three besides Selanne have improved chances as winners of a Cup or Olympic gold medal, Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Ray Whitney. Among goalies, Nikolai Khabibulin comes in with 333 wins, 46 shutouts and a Cup and Olympic gold.

Beyond Selanne, there aren’t any sure-fire picks, perhaps opening a crack for a lengthy list of players that go back to the Original Six. Many arguments have been heard through the years on behalf of multi-Cup winners Claude Provost (nine), Jean-Guy Talbot (seven) and Ralph Backstrom, Larry Hillman and Kevin Lowe (six each). It follows the narrative that not just points make a player Hall-worthy.

It’s believed one of the strongest pushes behind the scenes this year was for four-time champion Butch Goring. The veteran centre of 16 seasons as the two-way demon for the Islanders dynasty, 

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FYI, the announcement comes tomorrow.

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Teemu Selanne On The NHL And The Olympics

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

So, yeah, retired star Teemu Selanne has an opinion on the NHL's decision not to take part next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It's sad, short-sighted and bad for hockey, he said.

“It makes me sad,” Selanne, in Winnipeg for a speaking engagement, Wednesday, told the Winnipeg Sun. “I had a chance to play six Olympics, and I know it's every player's dream, too. Hopefully they're going to still change their minds.

“Because you can't always think about how it's going to benefit the market. There's a bigger picture about going to the Olympics. And I really hope they're going to change their mind and be part of it because it's a great experience for everybody.”

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Teemu Selanne With Some Advice For Bobby Ryan

from Ian Mendes of TSN,

A text came into Bobby Ryan's phone last week from an NHL legend.

"Just slap the side of that bottle a little bit," it read.

While the message is confusing to an outsider, Ryan knew exactly what it meant.

The text was from Teemu Selanne, who was a mentor for Ryan when the two played together for the Anaheim Ducks. Selanne - who ended his NHL career with 684 goals - used to tell Ryan that goal scoring in the NHL was not unlike dealing with a popular condiment. 

"Teemu said it best when he called goal scoring a ketchup bottle. You just got to get one and it will start flowing," Ryan explained on Monday.

"We played so long together and it's nice to see that he's still following me," said Ryan. "He's probably gone through this (slump) - probably not to the same extent as I have the past 40 games or so. But he's a guy that's been through it and a Hall of Famer. It always means a lot."

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Videos- Teemu Selanne’s Night

Here is the Teemu Selanne tribute video the Anaheim Ducks put together which includes narration by George Parros.

 

 

Below are two more videos... The first is Teemu Selanne's speech and the second is the raising of #8 to the rafters.

Additonal videos can be found at the website of the Anaheim Ducks, just click the dropdown and find the Teemu Selanne channel.

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Teemu Selanne’s #8 Goes To The Rafters Tonight In Anaheim

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Sunday's ceremony also will honor the deep relationship he built with fans, especially here. Often when he was late for the bus or dinner, it was because he felt compelled to sign every piece of paper a fan thrust at him and pose with everyone who wanted a photo. He couldn't disappoint anyone. Fans knew how much he loved the game and loved him for it, some to the extremes of requesting his chewed-up chicken bones in a Winnipeg restaurant or tattooing his likeness on their bodies.

"He's a pretty special player and person. I've played with a lot of guys, not a lot who have the connection to the fans that he has," said Scott Niedermayer, his teammate on the Ducks' 2007 Cup championship team and now a Ducks assistant coach. "That's one of the great things about him, beyond the stats."

Selanne still lives in Orange County and envisions staying here indefinitely. "I call it my Happy Place," he said. "The Ducks organization has been so important for me. That relationship we have had is something really special. I'm very thankful I was able to play for a long time, and I had my best years here. The people, the fans, they have treated me so well here."

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LeBrun tells the story of Selanne’s Anaheim exodus

Almost 20 years ago, before the internet was in wide use, I still recall the yelling and screaming coming from Winnipeg when an Arizona-bound Winnipeg Jets team traded Teemu Selanne to Anaheim for Chad Kilger nad Oleg Tvrdovsky.

Even given that in February, 1996, there was no hope of keeping the Jets in Winnipeg, fans were absolutely furious, feeling that the Phoenix owners had sold away the franchise player for a promising Russian defenseman who'd have to play like the second coming of Paul Coffey and possibly a 20-goal-scorer--and the trade was seen as one final stab in the back for Winnipeggers because Selanne was both embraced by Manitobans and embraced a prairie province that still isn't exactly seen as a prime destination for NHL'ers who like things like above-freezing weather between November and February.

Given that Selanne's #8 is being retired by the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun picked a helluva time to tell the definitive story of a move that most certainly helped make the Ducks, and a trade that set back a Coyotes team that chose to rid itself of both Selanne and Alexei Zhamnov before the team ever took to the ice in Arizona:

It all began in Jack Ferreira's office one Friday afternoon in early February 1996.

"I was sitting there with [then-Anaheim coach] Ron Wilson. We had both kind of heard rumblings about Winnipeg maybe moving Teemu Selanne," Ferreira recalled to ESPN.com this week. "So we were talking about our team, and then talking about Teemu, and I just said, 'The hell with it.'"

Ferreira, general manager at the time of what were called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, picked up the phone and called then-Winnipeg Jets GM John Paddock.

"I got him at his house," Ferreira vividly recalled. "I asked him flat-out: 'I heard these rumors, are you looking to move Teemu?' And he said, 'Well, we might.' So right then I said to him: 'I'll give you Oleg Tverdovsky.' Because I had to throw something at him to get his attention. ... John didn't say yes, he didn't say no. But I had his attention."

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Bruce Boudreau Talks Teemu Selanne

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Bruce Boudreau continues to take the high road.

The Anaheim Ducks head coach again addressed the criticism he was dealt in Teemu Selanne’s autobiography Tuesday when he appeared on Hockey Central @ Noon, saying he wishes to end discussion of the topic.

“I’ve had many conversations with Teemu [since the book was released],” Boudreau said. “I think we’re fine.”

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Video- Bruce Boudreau On The Recent Comments Made By Teemu Selanne

Today was media day in Anaheim and head coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the recent comments Teemu Selanne made in his book about Boudreau.

 

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Teemu Selanne Not A Fan Of Bruce Boudreau

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

If anyone other than Bruce Boudreau was coaching the Anaheim Ducks, Teemu Selanne believes that he would be reporting for training camp with his former teammates on Thursday morning and continuing his NHL career.

That is among a number of frank revelations contained in an authorized biography entitled “Teemu,” which has just been released in Finland. The book was written by journalist Ari Mennander with Selanne’s support and has been in the works for a decade. Sections translated into English were obtained by Sportsnet for this article and later cross-checked by two people that have read it....

Selanne felt that he never gained the coach’s trust and wasn’t given enough ice time to make an impact. Ultimately, he claims that it prompted him to begrudgingly walk away from the game just before his 44th birthday.

“If we had any other coach, I’d still play,” said Selanne.

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Anaheim Ducks Announce “Teemu Tribute Night”

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will host “Teemu Tribute Night” on Jan. 11, 2015 vs. Winnipeg (5 p.m.) at Honda Center. The special evening will include the raising of Selanne’s #8 jersey to the rafters at Honda Center. Full details will be made available at a later date. 

“Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired,” said Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli. “His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched. We eagerly anticipate Jan. 11, when we pay tribute to a world-class player, ambassador and champion, our own Teemu Selanne.”
 

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Video- Top 10 Teemu Selanne Moments

A little over three minutes of the Top 10 moments in Teemu Selanne's NHL career.

 

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Goodbye Teemu

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Selanne will finish with 1,457 points in 1,451 career regular season games. He will be eligible for induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame three years into his retirement – in the class of 2017.

“One way, it feels like yesterday, but in another way, it feels like a long time ago – and it goes fast. I always tell the young guys, enjoy every day because you know what? It goes like that – so quickly.

“I’ve been flirting with this decision for a long time. But the passion and the fun always brought me back. I still love this game – and I still know I can play. But it’s better this way, than having different situations.

“When I came here, in the 1995-96 season, I didn’t really know what to expect, but this turned out to be a home and a happy place for me and my family. Obviously, everything great has to end somewhere. It’s going to be, obviously, a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there’s going to be a lot of happiness too. It has been an unbelievable journey, and I’ve really been enjoying every day. Every morning, I drive here, with a smile on my face, win or lose. That’s why this is so important for me. My teammates, the trainers, my coaches - everybody in this organization has been so important for me.”

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Videos- Hail Teemu Selanne

The NHL camera followed Teemu Selanne through the handshake line last night...

If your eyes are still dry after watching, let me know.

 

After the handshake line was complete, what did the LA Kings do?

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Teemu Forever? Not so fast…

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne definitely played in his last NHL game as the Los Angeles Kings defeated his Ducks 6-2 in Game 7 of the teams' second-round series, but the widedspread Russian and Finnish articles suggesting that Selanne will jump to Jokerit Helsinki to play one more season just got quashed. Per the AP's Greg Beacham:

I wonder if that case was different if Jokerit wasn't switching to the KHL (one of their new owners is such a mucky-muck that he's on the U.S.'s Russian sanctions list) and was remaining in the Finnish league instead, but...Sometimes you've gotta know when to say when.

Here's more from the Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek:

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Afternoon Line

“Southern California has been waiting for this matchup for a very long time,it’s finally here. It’s going to be a tough series. Two tough teams with a lot of respect for each other, but, same hand, it’s a lot of competing.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks on their second round series with the Los Angeles Kings.  More from Kyle Shohara of the Ducks' website.

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Teemu Selanne takes a victory lap, shares it with former teammate J-S Giguere

At the end of the Anaheim Ducks' regular-season-ending 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche, Teemu Selanne took a victory lap--and he shared part of it with former Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who's also retiring after this season:

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Kings take time out to praise…Selanne

You don't see this every decade...The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings are tangling presently, but prior to the game, the Kings honored a prestigious healthy scratch who's happened to be a pain in the Kings' side for almost twenty years:

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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
 

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2014 Finnish Olympic Men’s Hockey Team Announced

About 24 hours removed from celebrating their World Junior Gold at home the 2014 Finnish Olympic Team was announced:

Miesten maajoukkue // Sotshi 2014 from Leijonat TV on Vimeo.

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Tmmu frvr (how one says “Teemu Forever” after losing teeth)

Per USA Today's Mike Brehm:

Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne's ever-present smile will have a different look.

The team tweeted that Selanne lost several teeth and has a swollen jaw after he was hit by an errant high stick from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn early in the third period.

Selanne, 43, who has announced this will be his last season, didn't return to the game. He's considered day-to-day. The Ducks have three games left in an eight-game swing that would be the last time for some Eastern Conference fans to see Selanne.

Schenn wasn't called for a penalty. His stick came up after a collision with Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen.

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Longer Suspensions Needed?

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, the NHL’s elder statesman at 43 and perhaps the most widely respected player in today’s game, said in Montreal the suspensions handed out to the likes of Kaleta are inadequate.

“I don’t think they’re enough,” Selanne told reporters. “The next night, the same thing happens.”

Surprisingly, Selanne added players have been talking about themselves about the need for suspensions to move to “a big one so guys can’t afford to do that,” as well as the possibility of the teams, coaches and even owners being fined for such transgressions.

“The bottom line is, there’s no option – we’ve got to do it.”

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Winnipeg pays tribute to Teemu Selanne

The Winnipeg Jets weren't happy about dropping a 3-2 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night, but the MTS Centre crowd was thrilled to fete Teemu Selanne one last time...

And the man who still wears the "Joffa bubble helmet" he did when he broke into the league with Winnipeg during the 92-93 season happened to be named the game's second star:

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Selanne’s Final Season Begins

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Selanne broke into the NHL in 1992 with the Winnipeg Jets. On that first opening nights, the Jets hosted Detroit in a game they would win and Selanne would collect a couple of assists. 

“I remember it very well. We played against Detroit at home and that was something obviously I was dreaming about since I was little boy, so yeah, it was pretty special,” he said. 

But the affable winger said Tuesday night he already felt the anticipation growing for Wednesday’s game against the Avalanche. 

“Even last night you start feeling. You’re body knows. It’s almost like a race horse your body starts reacting differently and your mind is a little more focused,” Selanne said. “You get those butterflies and that’s a good feeling.” 

Still, Selanne admitted it's more difficult to motivate one’s self as the years go on.

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SI’s Muir: Teemu Selanne bio-pic to premiere in Finland

It's somewhat difficult to explain to North Americans how much of a rock star Teemu Selanne is back home in Finland. If someone attempts to at least peruse Finnish sports websites on a semi-regular basis, every point the man registers, every hit, every promotional appearance, every time the man goes golfing or plays tennis in the summer, it's on the front pages of Iltahleti, Ilta Sanomat, Helsingin Sanomat, MTV3.fi...The amount of coverage the man receives makes the height of David Beckham mania look tame by comparison.

Selanne is far and away the biggest figure in Finnish sporting history, and it comes as little surprise that SI's Allan Muir reports that a Finnish-language bio-pic of Selanne, "Sel8anne," will hit theatres (in Finland) soon:

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Evening Line

“This will be my final season and now everybody knows and I can enjoy every day. We have a really good team here in Anaheim and we have all the tools to go all the way. I want to be part of that. He (Bruce Boudreau) was very open with me and I wanted to know how I would fit in his roster and he said I’d be the same player as before and he was expecting a lot from me. That was the final thing I wanted to hear. I didn’t get any promises (ice-time). I know the coach can’t do that…it’s a good competition (with some kids), and everybody has earn the ice and the powerplay. I can do it. I just wanted to be on the same page as the coach.”

-Teemu Selanne on a tele-conference after announcing he would return to the Ducks for one more year.  Much more from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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Video- One More Year For Teemu Selanne

 

 

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added 4:28pm, Anaheim Ducks' press release on Selanne returning is below...

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On Teemu and Eetu Selanne

Over in Sweden, there's big news regarding Modo Ornskoldsvik wanting to dress Michael Nylander's son, William, on their SHL team instead of loaning the 16-year-old to Michael's current team, Rogle BK of the Swedish Allsvenskan, and on this side of the pond, Teemu Selanne's deciding whether to continue his NHL career as his 15-year-old Son Eetu begins his journey toward a professional career.

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Mike Halford, the Los Angeles Times' Helene Elliott reports that Teemu is getting down to the nitty-gritty in terms of deciding whether to continue playing at 43...

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Morning Line

"My point is, if they're better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role." But if I'm better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That's what I'm looking for.

"That's fair for everybody. To be honest, I've been playing a big role. I don't know if I'm ready to play 10-12 minutes a game. And that's what I want to make sure. If I play well, I get what I deserve. Sometimes it's not like that. So I want to make sure I'm treated the way I deserve."

-Teemu Selanne on one of the factors he is weighing before deciding if he will return for another season.  More at TSN.

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Teemu Forever: Will the Finnish Flash Play in 2013-14

Known as the Finnish Flash Teemu Selanne has been winning fans over from most fan bases since his record shattering rookie season with the Original Winnipeg Jets; now at 43 years of age, and a current Unrestricted Free Agent have we seen the last of Selanne’s playing career?

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Spending Time With Teemu

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Bobby Heravi did not want his son, Faryan, to hear the doctor's verdict and so made sure the boy's head was turned away when he asked about his son's chances of surviving an aggressive form of lymphoma.

"With my mouth expression I said, 'What percent?' And the doctor just did this," Heravi said, splaying three fingers. "Because he was diagnosed as Stage 4. Stage 4 means terminal."

The family, which lives in Irvine, was at its lowest ebb last May when Faryan, a Ducks fan who played street hockey through the club's SCORE sports and educational program, was visited in the hospital by future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne. The Finnish winger is often asked to spend time with kids who are the toughest cases, the most seriously ill. Faryan was exhausted, his dark hair gone following grueling chemotherapy treatments.

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Afternoon Line

"...When you find somebody to play with who has so much chemistry as Getzy and Perry, for me it would be just crazy to go somewhere else when you have almost everything that you really need. You have a franchise who really wants to win, who looks [after] players so well. You have an unbelievable hockey player to play with.

“I can’t see why this place couldn’t be a happy place for both of them for a long, long time. But that’s not me. It’s up to them. I’d like to see Corey Perry do the same thing, but that’s only my opinion.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks when asked if the Getzlaf signing would have any influence on Corey Perry.  More quotes and talk from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Video- Selanne Still Has It

Teemu Selanne had a four points last night in a win over the Canucks.  Kelly Hrudy and Scott Oake of HNIC's After Hours spent ten minutes with Selanne.

 

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Morning Line

Gary Bettman has been the NHL's boss for almost 20 years. He was hired by the NHL to bring the salary cap, and so he did, as he had received the salary cap NBA Basketball: acquisition. Twice the lockout has been a stoppage during his reign, and each time the lockout is done. Now it is the third! He is certainly the NHL's most hated person. For every NHL team's arrival at the hall throughout the hall buuaa and show her mind. Yes fans to know! He makes himself more than eight million dollars a year. Would Mr. Bettman willing to give up their salary and give part of it to these "poor" teams? Hmm ... interesting question.

-Teemu Selanne at the blog Salama. More (translated from Finnish as is the above) from Selanne.

thanks to Dmitry Chesnokov for the pointer via Twitter.

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Selanne Back For One More Year

from AnaheimDucks.com,

The Ducks have signed right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2012-13 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“While I’m still amazed by his speed and skill level, it’s Teemu’s love for the game and his teammates that make him so special,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Anaheim is where he belongs.”...

“I still feel I can play at a high level,” said Selanne. “As I always say, this is my happy place and I can’t wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans.”

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Video- Selanne: “My Dream Always Was That I Can Retire With My Own Terms”

Teemu Selanne spoke with the media in Calgary after the Ducks completed their regular season.

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Gut Feeling Says Selanne Returns Next Season

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Teemu Selanne will not retire.

Instead, the greatest Duck ever will come back to play for the team during the 2012-13 season.

That’s my gut feeling after spending 20 minutes with Selanne following practice Saturday.

Yeah, it was only 20 minutes of a career that would be entering its 20th NHL season. And, sure, it’s not my gut that will decide Selanne’s fate beyond the next seven games.

But, before our conversation, I was certain — fairly certain — this would be his final season. Put it this way: I would have been willing to bet your paycheck on it.

Though he committed to nothing Saturday, in doing so — or not doing so, technically — he convinced me he will return.

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Evening Line

“I’m hoping he keeps playing.”  Why stop? I know he wants to win. He wants to do well and he’s playing well. I don’t see any reason for him to stop.”

-Jari Kurri on the Ducks’ Teemu Selanne, via Jeff Miller of Ducks Blog.

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Selanne Passes Kurri In Total Points

Teemu Selanne recorded his 1,399th point tonight @ Colorado, becoming the NHL’s top all-time top scorer from Finland (Jari Kurri, 1,398). Selanne now ranks 19th in career scoring in NHL history, third among all European-born players. The only other European-born players with more points are Jaromir Jagr (born in Kladno, Czech Republic, 1,645 points) and Stan Mikita (born in Sokolce, Slovakia and raised in Canada, 1,467 points).

Below is a statement from NHL Hall-of-Famer Jari Kurri:

“I couldn’t be more proud that Teemu is the all-time top NHL scorer from Finland. Congratulations to a great player, a great friend and an even better person.”

-Jari Kurri

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Kurri scored 1,398 points in his NHL career with Edmonton, Los Angeles, the NY Rangers, Anaheim and Colorado. He won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

thanks to the Ducks PR department for the statement.

added 12:13am 3/13/12, watch the Selanne goal below…

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Evening Line

“I’ve read some stories in the papers too about what the situation could be.  To be honest, I haven’t really thought about that too much. I still believe that we can make the playoffs. I don’t want to think about that thing before we’re out.

“So right now, I just think I’m going to be here. That’s the only goal I have right now. Right now, I can’t see that happening. The focus is still do the job here now and see how it goes. A lot of work to do. It’s a big challenge right now.”

-Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks on the possibility of asking or being asked about a trade.  More from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog.

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Video- Fans Welcome Selanne Back To Winnipeg

added 9:52pm, The Jets also had a video tribute of Selanne which you can watch below…

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Play Byfuglien Up Front & Remember The Teemu Trade

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Matty’s Short Shifts:

• Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin Byfuglien is the most unique player in the NHL, but nobody can convince me he’s a true NHL defenceman. True, he misses the creative Tobias Enstrom, who covers up a lot of mistakes, but Big Buf is a forward masquerading as a blue-liner. Stick him in front of an opposing net and he’s a terror. Play him on the point on the power play with his ripper (100 shots so far this season), but play him on the wing at even strength.

• If Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is actually listening to pitches from teams on Bobby Ryan, he should take a trip down memory lane and ask former Jets GM John Paddock if he’d like a do-over on that trade of a young Teemu Selanne to the Ducks for Oleg Tverdovsky and Chad Kilger. I don’t think that one turned out too well.

much more from Matheson…

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Not What Selanne Planned

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

So, on top of everything else – the questions about Randy Carlyle’s future, the debate about who should be traded first, the doubts about this team’s mental strength and will and drive simply to compete – we have the Ducks’ most appalling failure yet:

They’re ruining what probably will be the final season in the all-everything career of the greatest Duck ever.

They’re sending out Teemu Selanne not standing atop a pedestal but rather skidding upon his fanny.

A six-game losing streak, interrupted by one victory, and then followed by a seven-game losing streak – all before Dec. 1? If this were the sort of experience Selanne desired, he would have just slammed the penalty box door on his face.

Following his team’s most recent embarrassment – a numb 5-2 walk-over against Toronto – Selanne concluded, “There really is no answer. It seems to me that nothing works.” Other than that, his goodbye tour so far has been a real hoot.

After a practice last week, Selanne sat at his locker talking somberly about his situation. The emotion gathering behind his eyes was obvious. He looked like a man on the edge of tears.

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Selanne Goes ‘Home’

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

In 18 NHL seasons and 1,259 NHL games and four NHL uniforms – including the Ducks twice – Teemu Selanne has been seen in every possible setting by his teammates.

Almost.

Because, on Sunday, most of the Ducks will see him in a place where they’ve never seen him before.

At home. In Finland.

“I’m sure,” Bobby Ryan said, “the fan reaction is going to be off the charts.”

“I kind of expect them to be civil,” said Toni Lydman, one of Selanne’s fellow Fins, “but you never know.”

“I think,” Cam Fowler said simply, “it’s going to be mayhem.”

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Selanne Returns

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“As he showed again last season, Teemu still has the drive, determination, and skill to play at an elite level,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Most importantly for us, his passion comes from not just playing, but playing for the Ducks.”

Selanne, 41 (7/3/70), appeared in 73 games for the Ducks last season, scoring 31-49=80 points with a +6 rating and 49 penalty minutes (PIM). Selanne ranked third in the NHL with 16 power play goals and tied for eighth in overall scoring. Only two players in NHL history age 40-or-older have recorded more points: Detroit’s Gordie Howe in 1968-69 (103 pts., 40 yrs, 276 days) and Boston’s Johnny Bucyk in 1975-76 (83 pts., 40 yrs, 234 days).

“I’m very happy that my knee has recovered from surgery and is ready for the season,” said Selanne. “I’m excited and optimistic about what this team can do and thankful to have another opportunity to play in Anaheim.”

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Evening Line

“So far, so good. I’ve been skating three weeks now, and I’m really optimistic.  “I’d like to play one more year, but I want to be sure I can play and enjoy the game the way I always do.

“There’s still some work to do. I think the main thing right now is to try to get the muscles around the knee stronger. If I get those really strong, I think I can still play. It’s a slow process, because you lose your muscles quickly when you can’t use them the first two-three weeks after surgery.

“I’m doing rehab now. Long days: skate, work out and then I go to the physical therapist. I’m skating four-five times a week, because I want to be sure. I’ll have to make a decision between now and start of training camp.”

-Teemu Selanne on his possible return to the Anaheim Ducks.  More from Randy Youngman of the OC Register.

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Selanne Will Make A Playing Decsion When He Returns To California

from MTV3 (Finland and translated)

This summer, Selanne has indicated that the groove will definitely, if the operated knee arthroscopy allows it. Selanne skated the other end of the summer in Vantaa, Finland with the names of the NHL and the familiar training location is no longer a return to years later.

- Today when I left the last time the NHL Myyrmäki jäiltä, ​​then became a little nostalgic feeling that if this is here now. Yes, it is now had it, it’s pretty nuts. The knee will not withstand the longer one, if not even take the next season, Selanne says MTV3.

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The Selanne Wait Continues

From Dan Arritt at ESPN:

Ducks winger Teemu Selanne has told a newspaper in his native Finland that he plans to wait until September to make a decision on whether to return for his 20th season in the NHL.

Selanne had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in June and wants to give the joint additional time to heal before announcing his plans, according to Ilta-Sanomat, the second-largest newspaper in Finland. Selanne has been working out in Finland this summer.

Selanne turned 41 on July 3 but continued to play at a high level last season.

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Selanne Has Knee Surgery

via Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Teemu Selanne underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in his native Finland on Wednesday, which could delay his decision on whether he’ll return to the Ducks for an 18th NHL season.

Selanne’s agent, Don Baizley, confirmed to the Register on Thursday that Selanne had the procedure done after it was first reported by the website MTV3.fi. Baizley would not offer any specifics on what the surgery was supposed to repair in the knee, which was reconstructed during the 2004-05 lockout.

The Ducks also confirmed Selanne’s surgery, which was believed to be done in order to remove loose cartilage]

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