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DUCKS' SELANNE UNDERGOES ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

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Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday, which could delay his decision on whether he'll return for an 18th season in the National Hockey League.

The 40-year-old Selanne will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, but the Ducks' all-time scorer has repeatedly indicated that he'll only play for the Ducks if he decides to put off retirement.

Last season, Selanne had 31 goals and 49 assists with a plus- 6 rating through 73 regular season games. He also added six goals and one assist in the Ducks' postseason drive.

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DUCKS' SELANNE UNDERGOES ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

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Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday, which could delay his decision on whether he'll return for an 18th season in the National Hockey League.

The 40-year-old Selanne will become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, but the Ducks' all-time scorer has repeatedly indicated that he'll only play for the Ducks if he decides to put off retirement.

Last season, Selanne had 31 goals and 49 assists with a plus- 6 rating through 73 regular season games. He also added six goals and one assist in the Ducks' postseason drive.

get well soon teemu <3 you. My fav player all time! ONE MORE YEAR

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get well soon teemu <3 you. My fav player all time! ONE MORE YEAR

Report: Selanne won't decide until September

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Amazing. They apparently came out nowhere and doctors haven't been able to explain the problem.

Few yrs back,a good friend of mine took a bad spell....was put in ICU for weeks....in hospital for many long months.....had to have operations,had a long road to recovery,extensive rehab therapy,is back to work but has to this day certain physical limitations.

Here's the kicker...to this day,never found out what it was that made him go through that,doctor's have no clue or could not explain a virus if any hit him....................THAT'S SCARY.....he almost died there,seriously....I was there with his family at the time.

Sorry for going off topic here.

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Conference: West Division:Pacific

Arena: Honda Center

Captain: Ryan Getzlaf Headcoach: Randy Carlyle

2010-2011 Season Results: 47-30-5-99 Rank:4th in the West

2010-2011 Playoffs: Eliminated in 6 games - 2nd round Stanley Cups:2007

While the Ducks' 2010-11 season ended sooner than they had hoped, there is a lot to be excited about for the next season on the pond.

Corey Perry broke out last season en route to winning both the Hart and Rocket Richard trophies. He'll be leaned upon as a leader this year and will draw more attention than in previous seasons when teams divided their attention between Perry and fellow snipers Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan.

Here's a look at what's in store for this season.

Additions: C Mark Bell, D Mathieu Carle, C Andrew Cogliano, G Jeff Deslauriers, RW Andrew Gordon, LW Jean-Francois Jacques, D Bryan Rodney, D Matt Smaby.

Subtractions: C Kyle Chipchura, C Josh Green, LW Jason Jaffray, D Andreas Lilja, C Todd Marchant, D Mark Mitera, D Andy Sutton.

Prospect Report: Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa are logging regular minutes on the back end and after dealing blueline prospects Jake Gardiner and Mark Mitera over the last few months, the Ducks will be looking up front for their immediate future.

The time may be now for former first-rounders Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri. Etem tore up the WHL with Medicine Hat last year to the tune of 45 goals in 65 games, while Palmieri put up a very respectable 51 points in 62 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. Palmieri's AHL performance earned him a stint with the Ducks in November, when he put up a goal in 10 games with the big club.

Breakout Player To Watch: It may seem silly to expect a 'breakout season' from a player that's coming off his third consecutive 30-goal campaign, but Bobby Ryan may be ready for the kind of jump Corey Perry enjoyed in 2010-11.

With defenders increasingly worried about Perry as an offensive threat, it could open up space for the young power forward and see him jump from his 34 goals last season to the 50-plus plateau. If the Ducks' power play becomes less about Teemu Selanne (depending on his return to the lineup) and more focused on Ryan, he could see a huge jump on his five goal, five assist output on the man-advantage from last year.

Marquee Matchup: Jan. 13 at Edmonton - Andrew Cogliano steps into Rexall Place for the first time as a visitor. After scoring 11 goals and 24 assists, the Ducks acquired the speedy centre from the Oilers for a second-round pick in the off-season. The Ducks are hoping for Cogliano to regain his scoring touch and he'd like nothing better than to do it against his former club.

Other Dates To Watch: Oct. 7 and 8 - Ducks kick off the NHL season in Helsinki and Stockholm. Oct. 29 - Ducks return to Nashville for a first-round rematch. Dec. 17 - Teemu Selanne's long-awaited return to Winnipeg (should he re-sign in Anaheim).

Reason To Get Excited: A healthy Ryan Getzlaf can only help the Ducks. It was in his absence that Perry started lighting up the scoreboard, so if Getzlaf is able to put in 80-plus games this season, the Ducks could challenge for the Pacific Division crown and avoid a tough first-round playoff match-up.

Home Hardware: Jonas Hiller was among the Top 5 in save percentage last season, but missed 22 games down the stretch. A healthy Hiller between the pipes could be the bump the Ducks need to join the Western Conference elite. If that happens, look for the Swiss netminder to get serious consideration for the Vezina Trophy.

Hot Seat: Heading into his contract year, it will be interesting to see how the Ducks use veteran defender Francois Beauchemin. He's a steady, veteran presence on the back end and is well liked by the Ducks' brass that brought him back for a second tour of duty. But they gave up a lot to get him and he'll face stiff competition for top minutes from young and talented defenders Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa. If his play (or the team) falters, could he be one of the first names on the block?

Your! Call: Can the Ducks unseat San Jose and win the Pacific for the first time since winning the Cup?

The Ducks could see a bump in their point totals this season with a healthy Getzlaf and Hiller, but the key to a Pacific Divsion crown could lie more with the rest of the division than it does with the Ducks.

Only four points separated the Ducks from the last-place Dallas Stars, with four out of the division's five teams making the playoffs. So should the roster shake-ups in L.A. or San Jose falter or if ownership issues in Dallas and Phoenix take a negative affect on those clubs, the Ducks could pull ahead of the pack.

Will the Ducks need the help? Or are they good enough with the pieces they have to compete with the Sharks and the rest of the West?

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Quack, Quack, for 4 mil, look who's back!

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne is returning for another season with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year contract.

Anaheim announced the deal Thursday for Selanne, the franchise's 41-year-old career scoring leader.

Selanne was the NHL's eighth-leading scorer last season with 80 points, the third-best season by a player in his 40s in league history. The Finnish Flash is the 27th-leading scorer in NHL history, 14th in goals.

Selanne was expected to return after his outstanding season, but spent the summer debating his future after post-season knee surgery. He has been skating daily in Anaheim in recent weeks.

Selanne's decision to return is a huge boost to the Ducks

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Quack, Quack, for 4 mil, look who's back!

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne is returning for another season with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year contract.

Anaheim announced the deal Thursday for Selanne, the franchise's 41-year-old career scoring leader.

Selanne was the NHL's eighth-leading scorer last season with 80 points, the third-best season by a player in his 40s in league history. The Finnish Flash is the 27th-leading scorer in NHL history, 14th in goals.

Selanne was expected to return after his outstanding season, but spent the summer debating his future after post-season knee surgery. He has been skating daily in Anaheim in recent weeks.

Selanne's decision to return is a huge boost to the Ducks

Yay, I love Teemu Selanne.

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DUCKS' BLAKE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH “SEVERE” CUT ON FOREARM

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Anaheim Ducks left wing Jason Blake has been taken to a hospital with a significant cut on his left forearm.

Blake was injured with 10 1/2 minutes left in the Ducks' 1-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.

Blake fell down near San Jose defenceman Brent Burns while attempting to play the puck moments after a faceoff, and Burns' right skate appeared to cut Blake accidentally. Blake immediately raised his arm and skated off the ice.

Blake was taken to UCI Medical Center for sutures. Coach Randy Carlyle says the cut is "severe."

The 38-year-old Blake is entering his third season with the Ducks. He had 32 points last season on Anaheim's second line with Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu.

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DUCKS CLAIM HAGMAN OF RE-ENTRY WAIVERS FROM FLAMES

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Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks claimed veteran left wing Niklas Hagman off of re-entry waivers on Monday

The Calgary Flames had assigned Hagman to their American Hockey League affiliate in Abbotsford on Friday.

In eight games for the Flames this season, Hagman has notched a goal and three assists. The 31-year-old Finn had 11 goals and 16 assists in 71 games last season for Calgary.

Hagman played in 106 games for the Flames after being acquired in a January 31, 2010 trade with Toronto. He has 139 goals and 282 points in 707 NHL games for Florida, Dallas, Toronto and Calgary.

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