While looking at the Ducks chances of making playoffs, a thought popped in my head: if the Ducks weren’t going to make playoffs, would they trade Teemu to a legit contender?
The Ducks aren’t completely out of the running, but they need to step it up now if they want to have a legitimate chance. If their game against the Coyotes the other night was any sign of things to come, than there is no worry, but that may not be the case (as we just saw against the Blackhawks…).
It’s not unheard of for a team that has little chance of making playoffs to trade a player to a legit contender, in hopes that they will win Stanley Cup before they hang up the skates. The New Jersey Devils traded Jason Arnott to the Washington Capitals last season for that reason (although it didn’t really work out).
So if the Ducks find themselves in that situation, would they trade Selanne to a contender, and would he want to leave?
Selanne is having another stellar season, scoring 9 goals and 21 helpers in 30 games. Imagine what he could have with a functioning team? Teemu is 41, and it is unlikely he’ll be returning another season (how many times have we said this before?).
When the trade deadline approaches and the Ducks have not turned anything around, GM Bob Murray may consider sending him to another team to give Selanne another Stanley Cup that he truly deserves. I would think Murray would do it, being the kind of guy that he is and the relationship between the two.
Don’t get me wrong, this hurts me to sthink about as much as every Ducks fan. I’ve loved Selanne ever since he came to Anaheim. But I would also love to see him win a Stanley Cup. One more moment of glory before he calls it quits.
The other question: would Selanne want to leave Anaheim? He knows how much he is loved in Anaheim, and he clearly loves to play here. Maybe retiring with the Ducks would be enough for him, since he has spent his best years here (sorry Winnipeg, but its true).
Just a thought…
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