Selanne speaks out on retirement

Posted: 04/23/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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A posting under the handle semipro shared this on the fans board:

Had lunch a few feet from Teemu & fam today. I leaned over and told his wife, “one more year”…she said, ” I told him no”. Food for thought, but I think he’ll try once more.

The post was readily dismissed on the Ducks board and there should be no doubt that if Teemu decides to play that Sirpa will support his decision. Make no mistake though, this is Teemu’s and not Sirpa’s decision. At the same time anyone who’s been married for more than 5 minutes knows Teemu will consider her wants and those of his family.
One certainty is that money is maybe 5th or lower on Teemu’s list of priorities. Aside from the team needing him, Teemu’s possible retirement is a pure hockey story because money likely isn’t a critical factor. This is all about a guy who’s asking himself if he’s willing to pay the price to compete on a professional level. Part of his consideration is if his family is also willing to pay the price.
I followed up with ‘semipro’ for the back story. Did he get a sense of her passion? Semipro’s take on it is, “She bordered on being very disappointed if he DID play next year. ”
Again, this is what it is. A first hand report on a conversation with Sirpa Selanne regarding Teemu’s hockey future.
My take is that Teemu will be back. I hear in his voice a feeling of unfinished business associated with this team. He really does, like the vast majority of us, believe this team is better than its record. Secondarily, is the personal milestones, not the least of which  is a 20 year NHL career as opposed to a 19 year career. He’s already the top Finn to have ever played the game. In a few categories, Selanne’s accomplishments stand alongside all time greats like Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne, Phil Esposito, Brett Hull and yeah, Jarri Kurri.
You can bet that when Teemu makes the decision, Sirpa will take a deep breath alongside him and commit for another season. And 2012-13, assuming no lockout, will be his last. Just a guess but at the end of the day retiring from a playoff team is a whole lot more satisfying than the present. Especially when Flash is still part of the solution.

Lockout? Yeah maybe. They really are that stupid. This one smells so much like 1994-95. Major new TV deal, attendance and revenue is up overall. The relative value of the USD has made Canadian teams profitable. Yeah, amazing that it wouldn’t be the first time under Bettman that the Stakeholders (owners/players) squandered equity. Somebody tell me Bettman and the stakeholders aren’t stupid squared?
OTOH, a 48 game regular season schedule might work for our Ducks.


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