Teemu Selanne is watching the standings again, which is bad news for contenders who hoped to add the Anaheim Ducks winger before the trade deadline. The surging Ducks have moved to just 10 points outside the final playoff spot in the West, which means Selanne has buried any thoughts of a trade.
Anaheim is playing the first of eight consecutive games on the road, and Selanne said the results of this current trip will determine what he does at the deadline.
“Everybody in this room believes we can make the playoffs. That would be almost wrong to think about any other option,” Selanne said on Friday. “[A trade] is not in my mind right now. Let’s see what happens. The main focus right now [is] today and this road trip. This road trip is going to pretty much decide which direction we’re going to go.”
At 41 years old, Selanne has arguably been Anaheim’s best player this season. He has 18 goals and 50 points, which leads the Ducks. His $4 million contract is up after this season and includes a no-movement clause, so it’ll be his call at the deadline. There would be no shortage of interested teams if the Ducks cool off and Selanne starts to look elsewhere. The Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Red Wings are all looking for veteran scoring help up front.
“It’s time to enjoy every moment and make sure our way is going up in the standings not down. This is the time to push now and enjoy,” Selanne said. “Hey, you never know. When you have a hot team going into the playoffs, nobody wants to face them. Hopefully that’s our story this season.”