ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Finnish Flash is still not sure if he
"I'm just going to wait a little longer and see how I'm going
to feel when the season starts," he said Friday. "Watching the
game and being a little closer, I'll know for sure."
Selanne, who has been absent from Ducks training camp this week,
led the Ducks with 48 goals and 94 points last season, and added
five goals and 10 assists in the playoffs as the Ducks won their
first Stanley Cup, which was also the first for Selanne in his
"At this point, there is no way I could be as motivated as I
need to be to play at this level," said Selanne, who was third in
the NHL in overall goal scoring. "The last couple years, how
hungry I've been and excited about everything. If I don't feel that
way in a month or so, then it's time to do something else, but
right now it's too early."
Teammate Scott Niedermayer is also contemplating retirement, but
has yet to come to a decision either.
"I try not to think about what Scotty is doing, he has a very
similar situation," Selanne said. "Obviously if I read the paper
and Scotty is going to play one more year, for sure it would affect
me a little bit. But I try not to think about it."
Selanne said retirement loomed as the more likely option in the
immediate aftermath of winning the Cup. The Ducks are allowing Selanne and Niedermayer to take
their time deciding.
"Earlier this summer I thought for sure I was done, but I still
wanted to make sure the decision was right," Selanne said. "As
the season started getting closer and training camp started getting
close I had the feeling to go and play again. But obviously after
15 years when you win the biggest dream you have, you're so
satisfied you can't even think about playing again, especially at
my age. The decision is way harder than I thought."