Flames show respect for Selanne
Don’t believe the hype, say Flames forwards Alex Tanguay and Michael Cammalleri.
Sure, this could be the last-ever game for Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne — but, honestly, that is hard to swallow.
Mainly because the Finnish Flash, even at 41 years of age, has game. Lots of it.
“I think he’s got some more — he’s still playing so well,” said Tanguay. “He’s a guy that enjoys life very much. And I’m hoping we’re going to see him a little bit longer.”
Added Cammalleri: “The first thought that comes to mind when you say it could be his last game, I say, ‘Yeah, right.’ He’s probably going to come back next year and score 40 goals.”
Selanne — with 1,341 games (including today’s) and 1,406 points (not including today’s) — has not declared, one way or the other, what his intentions are for 2012-13.
With 66 points, he’s tied for 30th — with Jarome Iginla — in league scoring.
“He’s right up there — look at his numbers and they speak for themselves,” said Cammalleri. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I think everybody around the game does, and deservedly so. He’s always been a premier player and a class act as far as I can see.”
With the Colorado Avalanche in 2003-04, Tanguay had crossed paths with Selanne.
“You could see all the talent he had,” said Tanguay. “You look at him now. He’s 40, 41? The ability he has to skate . . . he’s just an outstanding player. He’s been a gift to the game.”