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Teemu Selanne is considering retirement again -- or maybe not

March 28, 2010 |  1:15 pm


The Ducks' Teemu Selanne says he's still debating whether this will be his final year in the NHL, partly because he knows he can still play at almost 40.

"That's why I'm still here. I'm healthy. I feel good, and I'm just having so much fun," Selanne said after practice Sunday. "I can have passion for the game. I know I can play and compete with guys."

Selanne says some days he tells himself, "That's it. It's too hard to get ready and prepare. Next day, I feel, 'Why I should retire? This is so much fun.'

"That's why I try not to think about it too much during the season," said the Ducks star, who predicted he would take at least a couple of weeks to make a decision after the end of the season April 11.

The Ducks will honor Selanne's 600th goal with a pre-game ceremony Monday before the Ducks play Dallas. The game starts at 7 p.m. at the Honda Center.  Jari Kurri, Selanne's friend and boyhood idol, will be on hand for the tribute.

Kurri has 601 career goals -- a mark Selanne will be trying to match or surpass with Kurri in attendance.

-- Robyn Norwood

Photo: Ducks winger Teemu Selanne is all smiles during a win in which he scored his 600th career goal. Credit: Bret Hartman / Associated Press