Teemu Selanne not pushed to make a decision about retirement
Arm-twisting or even the fine art of persuasion was not part of Bruce Boudreau’s arsenal in Teemu Selanne’s exit meeting Monday at Honda Center.
After all, the Ducks’ Selanne doesn’t need to be told that his coach would like to have him come back for another season. Selanne, who will turn 42 in July, said his pending decision was not part of the conversation in their morning chat.
It was suggested, jokingly, that the Ducks let Selanne skip training camp. “Maybe just home games,” Selanne said, also joking.
Selanne spoke about the Ducks’ success under Boudreau — they were 27-23-8 after Randy Carlyle was fired — and disappointment in missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons.
“We all feel that we were supposed to be there,” said Selanne, who led the Ducks in scoring with 66 points. “The first half didn’t give us the chance to be there. The second half was exactly what I expected. It’s going to be tough to watch the playoffs this year.”
The Ducks finished the season against the Flames. Selanne was asked what he was thinking Saturday as he left the ice in Calgary.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of question marks there,” he said. “It comes automatically, the feeling, ‘Is this over right now?’ Mixed feelings. You still want to be in the playoffs and not finish the season there. The last home game I felt there was still a lot of desire to play.”
Selanne has not been the only Duck weighing retirement. The season took a toll on defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who had several injuries and a big loss of production, but time has changed his thinking.
“I was very mad during the season because I don’t feel comfortable,” he said. “I think it was worst season ever for me. My confidence was very low….[But] I want to play. I want to be here with my teammates.”
Others had big drops in offense too. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf talked about handling the season while balancing fatherhood. He had 57 points this season, down 19 from last season and his lowest point total since 2007-08.
“Being a dad and all that stuff isn’t the easiest thing in the world when you’re trying to weigh it out between hockey and home and a struggling season,” he said. “It was a tough year mentally for that. But I learned a lot.”
Defenseman Toni Lydman will require off-season knee surgery and defenseman Francois Beauchemin said he will have a procedure Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum. He should be sufficiently recovered in time for training camp.
Visnovsky said he has retired from national team duty and would not be representing Slovakia at the upcoming world championships. Selanne and unrestricted free agent Saku Koivu (who said his preference would be to return to the Ducks) will be wooed by Finland General Manager Jari Kurri.
Bobby Ryan is planning to play for the United States and probably will be joined by defenseman Cam Fowler and center Nick Bonino. Getzlaf and linemate Corey Perry have said they will play for Team Canada.
Get our high school sports newsletter
Prep Rally is devoted to the SoCal high school sports experience, bringing you scores, stories and a behind-the-scenes look at what makes prep sports so popular.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.