Teemu Selanne’s body language said more than words could. As the sold-out Honda Center crowd chanted “one more year” to him and Scott Niedermayer before the game, the temporarily ex-Duck pushed his hands downward the “quiet, leave me alone with my Stanley Cup” motion.
During the first period, he made a visit up to the press box and reitirated the non-answer that has been on loop for five months now: “I just try to listen to myself, if I want to come back. It has to come from inside if you really want to play.”
See, Ducks fans? He was trying to listen to himself while you were chanting “One More Year!”
Chant louder next time, maybe he won’t hear himself call it quits.
When Scott Niedermayer was asked when he’ll decide whether or not to retire, he said: “I have a little bit of an idea in my mind, but I probably wont share that.” And that was the closest thing he gave to a clue.
And so we wait. One fan I talked to hypothesized that if the Ducks continue to suck, both players will feel the pressure to come back. The opposite could be true, of course, that they will only return if they think another Cup is at stake. But it seems as if both are going to make their decisions individually, and put as much weight on their personal lives as the team’s fortunes.
Here’s hoping the Ducks’ offense gets better in the meantime. They still have only one line that’s been scoring consistently through six games. We’ll see soon enough if the fatigue from the big road trip is a legit reason for their struggles, or if the team really is in trouble without Selanne and Niedermayer.