Selanne refuses to rule out change of address
Eric Francis, QMI AGENCY
|Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (8) chases down a puck past Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson (26) during the second period of their pre-season NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California September 28, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The door is still open for the possibility Teemu Selanne could end this season a Winnipeg Jet.
While Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has said the 41-year-old and Finnish teammate Saku Koivu are the only two untouchables on his squad, Selanne refused to confirm his plan is to end his career with the Ducks or that he’d turn down a chance to be a Jet again.
“We still have time to go,” said Selanne, whose team will likely be all-but-eliminated from the playoff race before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. "We’ll see.”
Now for more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering where the New Orleans/San Francisco nailbiter Saturday ranks in terms of the NFL’s all-time great games.
AROUND THE HORN
Calgary’s Craig Adams is one of the veterans in the Pittsburgh Penguins room and denies the published report of a secret meeting to have Sidney Crosby relinquish his captaincy. He said the players were caught off-guard and infuriated by the story. Adams insists the notion that some of his teammates think Crosby is being too delicate and should have returned already is also bunk ... Former Flames player and coach Brian Skrudland was one of the lucky winners of a 50-50 jackpot during the world juniors, splitting $64,420 with his pal Matt Woofter. The affable director of player development for the Florida Panthers said he offered former Flames star Kent Nilsson a chance to buy into the ticket before the draw, “but Kent bought a hot dog instead — what a wiener move.” … While the Michael Cammalleri acquisition is a PR hit for the Flames already, the true winner of the deal won’t be determined for years. However, history is on the Flames side as the last three deals involving significant players to be traded without being shopped first – Joe Thornton, Dion Phaneuf and Jaroslav Halak – all worked out poorly for the derelict GM. Few believe Habs GM Pierre Gauthier will survive anyway … Asked Brian Burke whether James van Riemsdyk’s concussion affects his trade talk with the Philadelphia Flyers: “No, never was serious,” he said of the hot rumour last week … The Panthers were actually trying to make a deal for Sean Avery before he was put on waivers by the New York Rangers, but are no longer interested after signing John Madden to address grinder issues.
Several NHL GMs say they will be watching the fate of the Phoenix Coyotes, as they believe Shane Doan might be available if it’s clear the team is leaving Phoenix. ’Yotes GM Don Maloney denied he’d trade Doan … Not many league execs believe Murray has any plans to trade Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry or even Bobby Ryan, as threatened. That said, many are kicking Ducks’ tires … Yes, the Mike McCoy who has been the Denver Broncos’ offensive co-ordinator the last three years is the same McCoy who quarterbacked for the Calgary Stampeders in 1999 after Dave Dickenson and Henry Burris were both injured en route to the Grey Cup game. His daughter was born in Calgary when he played here. There’s talk that now he’s done designing plays for Tim Tebow, he’ll interview for the vacant head coaching gig in Miami … Brent Sutter on one of the only things he and Darryl have in common: “We’re both grumpy behind the bench.” He said it with a smile … Burke has the line of the year so far when chastising all those players who voted Dion Phaneuf as the NHL’s most overrated player in a recent poll. He told the Toronto Star those players “can all defecate in their chapeaus.” Don’t make me translate … As always, tickets will be hard to come by for The Italian Sportsman’s Dinner this year, when Joe Montana headlines the evening May 24. It marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary laugh-in set up to recognize local scholarship recipients. To get in on the action, drop in to see Tony Spoletini at Spolumbo’s and grab one of the world’s best sangies while you are there.