You Make the Call: Should Selanne retire?

August, 21, 2013
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To retire or not to retire. A decision that every athlete must make. For many, the choice is out of their control. An injury can cause an abrupt end to your participation in the sport you have been playing your entire life. Others find themselves unable to find a team that wants them as their skills age.

But a select few get to make the choice about when to hang up their skates.

Nicklas Lidstrom made the call to end his career before the lockout after playing 20 seasons in Detroit. Daniel Alfredsson, Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr are among the 40-plus crew signing up for another grueling 82-game regular season.

At 43 years old, Teemu Selanne must make the decision if he wants to return to the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st NHL season.

Selanne told the Orange County Register that he would know what he was going to do by next week. He said that his decision will be based on his ability to earn a spot on one of the top two lines.

"My point is, if they're better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role," Selanne told the paper. "But if I'm better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That's what I'm looking for. That's fair for everybody.

"To be honest, I've been playing a big role. I don't know if I'm ready to play 10-12 minutes a game, and that's what I want to make sure. If I play well, I get what I deserve.

"Sometimes it's not like that. So I want to make sure I'm treated the way I deserve."

Selanne has played 1,387 games with 675 goals and 1,430 points. He won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.

He averaged 15:42 minutes a game in last season's lockout-shortened campaign and had 24 points in 46 games.

You make the call: Should Teemu Selanne come back for another season?

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