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Teemu Selanne says he doesn't know if he'll continue playing or not

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

"Part of me wants to play, but right now, a part of me is not ready to do what it takes," star winger Teemu Selanne said Friday.

"I'm just going to wait a little longer and see how I'm going to feel when the season starts," he added. "Watching the game and being a little closer, I'll know for sure."

Selanne, who has been absent from Ducks training camp this week, led Anaheim with 48 goals and 94 points last season, and added five goals and 10 assists in the playoffs as the Ducks won their first Stanley Cup, which was also the first for Selanne in his 15-year career.

"At this point, there is no way I could be as motivated as I need to be to play at this level," said Selanne, who was third in the NHL in overall goal scoring. "The last couple years, how hungry I've been and excited about everything. If I don't feel that way in a month or so, then it's time to do something else, but right now it's too early."

Teammate Scott Niedermayer is also contemplating retirement, but has yet to come to a decision either.

"I try not to think about what Scotty is doing, he has a very similar situation," Selanne said. "Obviously if I read the paper and Scotty is going to play one more year, for sure it would affect me a little bit. But I try not to think about it."

Selanne, an unrestricted free agent, said retirement loomed as the more likely option in the immediate aftermath of winning the Cup.

"Earlier this summer I thought for sure I was done, but I still wanted to make sure the decision was right," Selanne said. "As the season started getting closer and training camp started getting close I had the feeling to go and play again. But obviously after 15 years when you win the biggest dream you have, you're so satisfied you can't even think about playing again, especially at my age.

"The decision is way harder than I thought."

The Ducks are allowing both Selanne and Niedermayer to take their time deciding.


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