If Teemu Selanne opts to return for a 21st NHL season, a decision expected next week, he won’t accept less than a scoring role with the Anaheim Ducks.
The 43-year-old right-winger has expressed his feelings to general manager Bob Murray and the two agreed to talk again soon, Selanne told the Orange County Register newspaper on Monday.
"I’ve been playing a big [scoring] role. I don’t know if I’m ready to play 10 to 12 minutes a game," Selanne said. "I want to make sure I’m treated the way I deserve."
Selanne scored 31 goals and 80 points two seasons ago but his offensive production has tailed off since, to 26 goals and 66 points in the 2011-12 season to 12 goals and 24 points in 46 games a year ago during the lockout-shortened campaign.
The six-foot, 200-pound Finnish Flash has spent 14 of his 20 NHL seasons with the Ducks, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2007.
Since then, he has taken much of every off-season pondering his hockey future, only to return each year.
Selanne is the 15th-leading scorer in NHL history with 1,430 points on 675 goals and 755 assists. Fellow right-winger Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils is the top active scoring leader, sitting eighth with 1,688 points (681 goals, 1007 assists).
Anaheim finished second in the Western Conference last season, posting a 30-12-6 record for 66 points, 11 behind the eventual Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Murray has made a few personnel changes to a team that Detroit in eliminated a seven-game, first-round series.
Winger Bobby Ryan was traded to Ottawa in early July, forwards Kyle Palmieri and Matt Beleskey re-signed and Dustin Penner returned to the Ducks after three seasons in Los Angeles and four with Edmonton.