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Ducks' Selanne to sit out Saturday, play Sunday

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 5:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will sit out Saturday's game against the Minnesota Wild, coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday. Selanne will play the following night against the Winnipeg Jets, with whom he began his NHL career in 1992-93 by scoring a career-high 76 goals.

"Winnipeg might be a pretty big night for him," Boudreau said. "They love him there and rightfully so. They should love him."

Boudreau's plan is to rest Selanne in at least one game during the Ducks' 12 back-to-back sets this season. The big-picture idea is to have Selanne, 43, strong for the other 70 games.

Selanne is in his 22nd NHL season. He signed a one-year contract worth $2.5 million and announced he will retire at the end of the 2013-14 season.

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday