Teemu Selanne signs 1-year extension for 4.5m

Posted: 07/12/2012 by yougetoutwhatyouputin in Uncategorized
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“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 and general manager Bob Murray. “Anaheim is where he belongs.”

I’m just glad that he still wants to remain a Duck after all the ups and downs last season and this summer. He would have had zero problems signing with a cup contender…

Refer to the link for the article at TSN.CA

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=400449

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Comments
  1. tearingitup says:

    nice……great for moral and great for the organization

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      My feelings exactly…as this may be his last season, and as we are not a cup contender yet, my biggest concern was him signing with another organization that is. It would have been an understandable move. However, it would have killed the fan base to see him in another jersey because he felt we were not good enough. He is truly a class act.

  2. bc says:

    Great for our Ducks. Great for BackCheck’s Blog on the occasion of yougetwhatyouputin posting his first article. Maybe not so great for U when everybody starts peppering him with Q’s and comments 😉 You can all go first. I’ll hang on the perimeter and scoop up any loose biscuits or teeth.

  3. czhokej says:

    People love Teemu, teammates love him and respect him. He is the best ambassador for Ducks’ hockey. But, and I have to say it, even though I admire that man a lot: he is aging, he will be slower (and Koivu too). Still good for #1 PP unit, but otherwise 3rd line.

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      2011/12 stats: 26 goals, 40 assists, team leading 66 points…I will take him on any line…If anything he should be an inspiration of how to conduct yourself on and off the ice. He also played in all 82 games last season.

  4. czhokej says:

    Do not take me wrong, Teemu is still a great player, but his numbers will go down. It’s wonderful to have him back, but he won’t be able to save the Ducks from mediocrity.
    Assuming that Perry will stay with Getz, and Bobby would play the right wing on his second line (?? – we still need a strong center for the second line), therefore I expect Teemu playing with Koivu.

    • yougetoutwhatyouputin says:

      I agree that he will not be able to save us from mediocrity if we continue to play like we did during the first part of last season. The bottom line is a 40+ year old should not be leading us in points, period. However, his still got it! If he is still able to put up the points he has why not play him? As Teemu is obviously a team player I don’t anticipate any issues from him regarding position or line he plays on. I agree that we have a need for a stronger Center and Defenseman…perhaps Murray will surprise us with a forthcoming acquisition…We should also acknowledge that if our first and second line forwards play with the passion and grit required for the job (as they did in 2007) we would not be having this conservation as our weakest link could be absorbed (minors, positional change, acquisitions, etc…). Hope Gabby is able to light the fire!

  5. tearingitup says:

    If Koivu can deliver the mail and Temmu Finnish it off….that is nothing but good news for the fans

  6. czhokej says:

    Why am I so concerned about aging players? According to QuantHockey.com, from 1917 only 9 NHL forwards were able to play at 42 or past that. At that age every collision hurts more, you are more afraid, healing of bruises and sprains takes more time, and reaction time, endurance and dexterity slowly diminish. (Unless of course it’s Gordie Howe). Jagr, 2 years younger than Teemu, for example went from 54 goals and 123 points in 2006, down to 19 goals and 54 points last season. That’s the natural consequence of getting older.

    • bc says:

      In a nutshell the last thing cz wants to see is a declining Finish Flash who is forced to retire due to injury. It’s also a concern shared by Serpa Selanne. I don’t like to put words in anybody’s mouth but that’s the inference.
      Teemu has answered those concerns with his decision. Not that he isn’t aware of the risk. He broke his jaw two seasons ago. More so is that his passion for the game exceeds the weight he has given to the risk factors. And the wishes of his bride.
      Was it last season or the one previous, I penciled 30+ goals from Teemu and cz had him at 25. IIRC cz was spot on or at least closer than I. While Teemu’s ES strength production has declined, he’s remained remarkably consistent potting 14 and 15 ES goals during the previous two seasons.
      QuantHockey.com has some interesting statistical breakdowns. The 3D graphics are cool too.
      Ken Campbell gives his 10 best Europeans of all time. Not getting Foppa on the list is an egregious oversight. Forsberg was the Peter Stastny of his peers.

  7. bilverado says:

    Jagr’s fall off from 2006 to last year is not really a fair comparison since he was out of the NHL for three seasons. A bit different situation from Teemu, who except for a couple of stretches with injuries has been there and performing at fairly consistent level. Even if his production falls off to 3/4 of what he was last year, his production would be better than all but three of the Ducks last year.

    • bc says:

      Interesting that you chose 25% decline as your benchmark bilverado. Teemu’s Points per game average has dropped from 1.15 during our Ducks Cup year to .88 last season. Taking into account the relative strength of the teams, lucky bounces and Teemu has actually been remarkably consistent.
      Our Ducks scored 34 fewer ES goals in 2011-12 than the year previous, a decline of 14.47%. The decline in PP production, from 67 goals to 45 is a staggering 32.84% drop.
      Over the same two seasons, Teemu’s ES scoring dropped 16.13% and exactly 25% on the PP.
      Yet, Teemu scored 23.88% of our PP goals in 2010-11 and 26.66% last season.

      Next year will be interesting statistically. Teemu’s PPG in 2010-11 was 1.10 while our Ducks W% was .603. Last season our Ducks W% was .488 and Teemu’s PPG dipped to .88. If the team bounces back, will Teemu?
      Ain’t numbers fun 🙂

  8. tearingitup says:

    just noticed my typo….sorry

  9. czhokej says:

    When I read bilveralo’s comment and his estimate of production decline for Teemu, I thought 25% drop was just about the right prediction. His numbers could be OK next season (disregarding injuries), if they get a good left wing for his line – I mean physical, and fast. And on PP Teemu would need somebody who is more mobile and creative than Getzlaf. RG with his weak FO%, poor positioning and high number of giveaways, ruined quite a few of our PPs.

  10. tearingitup says:

    I agree CZ. A speedy big winger would allow Teemu to stay out of the corners to a greater degree. To me, he works best when hit with passes on the fly in the neutral zone.

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