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by George Malik on 06/30/12 at 06:34 PM ET
Ducks GM Bob Murray said he is scheduled to speak with Teemu Selanne this weekend to get an idea of whether the winger is ready to officially commit to another NHL season and return to the team. Murray wouldn’t offer anything beyond that in regard to where he’s gotten any indication that Selanne will make good on a previous report out of Finland that said he would be back with the Ducks.
Selanne, who’ll turn 42 on Tuesday, led the Ducks in scoring last season with 66 points. His 26 goals give him 663 for his career, putting him 12th on the NHL’s all-time list.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the Register that Murray talked to Selanne on Monday and will speak to him again on Saturday. Boudreau said he hasn’t spoken with Selanne personally.
“Indications are that I think he wants to come back, although I’m not 100 percent sure,” said Boudreau, who was at Anaheim Ice on Friday running the Ducks’ conditioning camp. “I’m still counting on him to hopefully be back. I can’t put thoughts into his head, but, if I was deciding not to come back, I wouldn’t be having a lot of conversations with my team and texting them good thoughts and ‘how you doing?’ — that sort of stuff. I seem to be getting good vibes.”
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