The news reports from Helsinki were difficult to translate precisely into English from Finnish on Thursday, but the gist of it was Teemu Selanne hasn't made up his mind about signing a new contract and returning to play for the Ducks next season. "Just to be sure, I'm working out," Selanne said during a news conference to announce the release date of a documentary film about his life and times on and off the ice, one day after he celebrated his 43rd birthday. "But I would be doing it anyway."Meanwhile, half a world away, inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, Ducks general manager Bob Murray worked the phones in an attempt to improve a club that finished with the third-best record in the NHL last season (30-12-6), but flamed out in the first round of the playoffs. The window to sign free agents opens today at 9 a.m. (PDT). Selanne offered a bit of unsolicited long-distance advice to Murray as the hour to begin signing free agents ticked down. Selanne said the Ducks should sign his countryman Valtteri Filppula, a free-agent center who played last season with the Detroit Red Wings. Reports indicated Selanne then left the news conference for a on-ice workout. Re-signing Selanne was a priority, but there were other moves to be explored. Murray is accustomed to waiting for Selanne to determine whether he wants to keep playing or retire and await the call for his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame in Toronto. It's been the same every summer since 2007, when Selanne helped lead the Ducks to the Stanley Cup championship and then couldn't decide whether to keep playing or call it a career. The Ducks were willing to wait for him then and they're content to be patient again this summer. Selanne calls Anaheim his "happy place." He and his family settled comfortably in Orange County a long time ago and there's zero chance he would play elsewhere if the Ducks declined to re-sign him. He doesn't come cheap, but didn't exactly break the bank last season at $4.5 million, either. Unlike past seasons, when he was without question one of the Ducks' top players, there were doubts about his play down the stretch of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. It certainly looked as if he'd lost a step during the Ducks' first-round playoff loss to the Red Wings.
Ducks still await word from Teemu Selanne
L.A. Daily News | Jul 5