Sunday, August 31, 2008

Selanne: 'I am ready'

My thanks to a Finnish reader named Asmo, who sent in this report on Teemu Selanne:
Selanne told a Finnish newspaper that he will more like to play and the Ducks are clearing the salary cap (=Schneider) for him to fit at the moment. He told that he is very motivated and now it is his time to wait and he is willing to do that because Ducks' patience last year. Selanne also confirm that [they] are willing to bargain for the money if needed.
Here's the link if your Finnish is up to speed.

Not a huge surprise that he'll be back, but this should be a big, big boost to the Ducks, who had a heckuva time scoring last season. Selanne's still a point-a-game player, and had more than 40 goals in his last two full seasons.

The report says Selanne and family will be back in California in the next few days as his children start school in Anaheim this week. Ducks training camp starts in a little more than two weeks.

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At 8:28 p.m., August 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is good news for Teemu Selanne. With three active sons and baby daughter he needs some downtime that only NHL roadtrips can provide.

He can use the money, too. Selanne has made tons of it but he also spends it like there's no tomorrow. (Anybody know how much he's made in the NHL?)

Mansions, boats, 30 cars, always paying somebodys travel, drinks, food. Very nice guy and that can be expensive.

At the same time Selanne is trying to get into real estate business. He put 15M dollars to a real estate project in Lapland. Rumour says that Donald Trump is also involved?

But if we leave this gossip for a minute we should ask how good this is for Anaheim?

When Ducks won their Cup less than 16 months ago Selanne had a fabulous regular season scoring 48 goals and good playoffs.

Last season he wasn't even close to the level he was year before. And at the end of last season he also played at World Championships looking quite ordinary for HHOF player.

For sure he can help Ducks a little bit with their scoring but everybody should be really happy if he scores 24 goals which is 50% what he did two seasons ago.

Btw, somebody beat Asmo with this (in previous Meszaros post):

At 12:40 PM, August 30, 2008, Anonymous said...
But who will take Mathieu Schneider now that Teemu Selanne has informed Finnish media that he is returning and Ducks are trying to make room for his salary?

I wonder if Burkie likes Teemu's comments in the media...

At 9:03 p.m., August 31, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burke probably doesn't like the comments much, but it isn't as though anyone with two funtional brain cells couldn't figure out that Anaheim needs to dump Schneider. At least they aren't trying to get another team to pick up their overpriced useless players - Schneider is still very useful, they just don't have the salary cap room for him.

At 1:13 a.m., September 01, 2008, Blogger G said...

Aftonbladet is confirming the news.

At 1:45 a.m., September 01, 2008, Blogger Richard O'Brien said...

I guess the question is really where is Schneider going? Now that the Meszaros sweepstakes is over there aren't too many offensive D-men left on the table.

Also don't they already have salary cap problems?

To anonymous, I think Teemu helps them significantly. He may not be a point a game but so long as they don't have to get rid of any youngsters to accomodate them he is totally capable of second line production, which is where he should be given Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz's production levels.

A second line featureing Brendan Morrison and Teemu Selanne will help. I think San Jose and Dallas are still better in that division though.

At 12:26 p.m., September 02, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Last season he wasn't even close to the level he was year before.

I wouldn't say he was that far off, to tell the truth. 12 goals in 26 games pro-rates to 38 over an 82-game season. That's not 48, but it is significant.

Bear in mind there was a lot of lineup shuffling once Selanne un-retired, too. He had different linemates all the time.


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