Showing posts with label Teemu Selanne returns to Anaheim. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teemu Selanne returns to Anaheim. Show all posts

Monday, February 18, 2008

Selanne sets Duck points record seven games into comeback

"This has always been a happy place for me. I've said 100 times that I'm always smiling coming to the rink every day," --Teemu Selanne

He was smiling a little bit wider on Sunday as Teemu Selanne, seven games back from his long period of introspection picked up his 670th point as an Anaheim Duck.

Sleanne, like Scott Niedermayer was a mid season returnee, as both had decided that retirement wasn't quite ready for him.

Since his return he's once again managed to fit right back into the groove he had last season as the Ducks began their waddle to the Stanley Cup, since he has returned to Anaheim he has picked up one goal and three assists and the Ducks have won six of seven with the popular finn back in the lineup.

Sunday he placed his name at the top of the Anaheim history books again, having already claimed the title for goals previously. But as he puts it his hold will only be a temporary thing.

Watching fellow team mates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, Selanne said after Sunday's game that it won't be too long before they both surpass his eventual final tally.

Anaheims victory came as part of a hard fought comeback bid against the Calgary Flames as the Ducks overcame a 1-0 deficit in the first to take control of the game through the second, going on to an eventual 4-2 victory.

Calgary completely lost their focus in the middle frame and Miika Kirpusoff continued to have his troubles giving up four goals in Sunday's game to go with the six he surrendered on Friday night in Los Angeles.

It's a worrisome trend for the Flames, who are in the middle of a battle with the pack in the West for a spot in the playoff race. They're games of late are very much of the hit and miss variety, with the misses starting to once again become more prevalent and in a disturbing fashion.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Finnish Flash flies back to the nest

"The only reason why I came back is that I really felt that I wanted to play hockey again," Teemu Selanne upon his return to the Anaheim Ducks

Well rested after a half season sabbatical, Teemu Selanne has signed back on for duty with the Anaheim Ducks, ready to provide yet another piece of the puzzle for Brian Burke.

In what seems to be an Anaheim trend, Selanne like fellow Duck, Scott Niedermayer before him didn’t quite get the hockey bug out of him yet. Unlike Niedermayer however, his return won’t result in the need to move a high profile player out of the nest to make room.

Selanne who is an unrestricted free agent, will pick up a prorated $1.5-million dollars, which counts about $600,000 against the team's salary cap, should he regain his scoring touch and skating form quickly he is also eligible to earn up to another $1.2-million in regular-season bonuses.

And best of all for Burke and fans of the Ducks, his signing doesn’t bust the bank just yet, meaning that as the trading deadline approaches, Burke if he feels it is warranted can still chase down another player that might fit in with the Ducks as they make their move on a playoff position in the Western Conference.

The whispers of Selanne’s return began during the all star break; with GM Brian Burke suggesting that they could make some room on the cap should Selanne decide that seeking out another Stanley Cup was in his immediate future.

It would seem that after five months of thought, the Finn finally found that absence did make his heart grow fonder and he’s now ready to lace them up for the stretch and head into the playoffs to defend his team’s Stanley Cup title.

He stepped onto the ice for the first time with the Ducks on Monday, for a grueling workout, Selanne had previously been skating for three weeks before his arrival in Anaheim but probably is not quite in game shape just yet, leaving it to coach Randy Carlyle to decide when he will activate his latest addition to the roster.

Burke is proving to be pretty adept at bringing back the key elements of last years Stanley Cup Drive, filling in holes with familiar faces and pivotal ones at a key time. The balance of power is starting to shift again in the West, a decidedly southwestern tilt as the Ducks begin to make their move just in time for a playoff run.

The rest of the Western contenders will now have to begin to working on their own cap math, looking to match the solid moves of Burke with some additions of their own.