Wednesday, April 12, 2006

The return of Selanne

There's been a ton of ink spent on Teemu Selanne's remarkable comeback season, but I think Eric Duhatschek gets it exactly right in his piece today:
No player has more points since the Olympic break than Selanne (34 in 22 games) — not Jaromir Jagr, not Joe Thornton, not the rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin — which represents an astonishing turnaround for a player who thought he might have to retire a year ago because of a serious injury to his left knee.

"You want to make your own decisions and go out on your own terms," Selanne explained, with his trademark smile on his face. "I always said, 'the toughest part about retiring one day is if you have to do it because of injury.' That's not the case with me right now. I feel like I'm one of those young guys — like (Corey) Perry and (Ryan) Getzlaf."
I've often heard people exclaim that Jaromir Jagr's Art Ross Trophy winning campaign has to be the comeback of the year, but Selanne's re-emergence has been far more stunning given the absolutely awful season he had in 2003-04.


At 7:36 p.m., April 12, 2006, Anonymous Earl Sleek said...

Also consider that Selanne led all scorers during the Olympics, and arguably there hasn't been a better-scoring forward for the last two months.

Give a lot of this credit to Andy McDonald, who if you squint your eyes just right looks like a smallish Paul Kariya. Teemu likes that kind of linemate, quick and little.


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