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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

One last retirement consideration for Selanne

Not to steal any thunder from Rudy's hilarious post below, but today the Hockey News decided to break out their Finnish translators to report that indications are that Teemu Selanne is likely going to retire.

Just because the Hockey News is run by dunces doesn't mean that their translation is wrong--I've seen enough message board affirmation to think this is the way Teemu is leaning. All I can offer is one last reason for Selanne to consider coming back.

Here's Selanne's numbers since his post-lockout return to Anaheim:

Year

GPG-A-PtsPP G-A-PtsGWG

05-06 reg.

80

40-50-90

18-22-40

5

06 playoffs

16

6-8-14

1-4-5

2

06-07 reg.

82

48-46-94

25-23-48

10

07 playoffs

21

5-10-15

0-6-6

2

Total Comeback

199

99-114-213

44-55-99

19


Look at it, Teemu--you're right on the brink! 99 power play points? 99 goals scored? 199 games played? How about you just come back for one more game and score that one game-winning power-play goal that will round your comeback out nicely?

Just a last-ditch suggestion before things get official.

5 comments:

RudyKelly said...

No, Teemu, you should hang it up... you never know what kind of "accidents" may occur if you decide to play again.

LuckyLarms28 said...

Spoken like a true Kings fan.

Anonymous said...

Is 48 goals the record for most goals in a player's final season? If so, he could have the record for most goals for both a player's first and last years. Nice bookends to a career.

Earl Sleek said...

Also maybe of note--it's stunning to note how Teemu's ability to score power play goals has disappeared in the postseason. For a guy who's scored 43 PPGs over the last two season, he's got one solitary PPG over 37 post-lockout playoff games.

Can't complain, though. Ducks have always had poor postseason power play numbers, and they've found a way to get past that obstacle.

Doogie said...

I was going to suggest Mike Bossy, but I see his injury-plagued final season saw "only" 38 goals in 63 games (a 48-goal pace on an 80-game schedule). Similarly, Cam Neely's final season saw only 26 goals in 49 games (45 goals in the then 84-game schedule). Racking my brain now, but unless it's some obscure one-hit wonder who vanished after a couple of seasons in the AHL, I think 48 may stand.