Two days after looking as down in the dumps as he seemingly ever has, Teemu Selanne was more optimistic in his talk with reporters after a second straight day of practice at Honda Center.
“Believe, that is the word,” said Selanne today. “You just have to look forward. You can’t do anything about the past. There is no time to feel sorry for ourselves because nobody else does.
"We are going to turn this around.”
The Ducks, looking to snap a seven-game skid, put in two good days of training on their home ice. Meanwhile, as is often the case when a team gets into a losing trend -- more so than ever in this current Twitter world -- rumors have been circulating about potential Ducks moves. Obviously, nothing rumor-wise will be addressed here, but Randy Carlyle did broach the subject today.
“Being a former player, I was traded a few times and the rumors were rampant when I was playing that there were going to do this or that, this trade was gonna happen and this guys was gonna get fired.” said Carlyle with a grin. (He played with the Leafs, Penguins and Jets in his 18-year career.) “If you believe every rumor that is put out, then I guess you believe them. You recognize that those types of situations develop when you don’t have success. That is part of the business. If you understand that, then you move on, you control what you can control and you go forward.”
Go forward they will, to a date tomorrow night with their third straight Original Six opponent, the Montreal Canadiens. The Ducks, mired in a funk that has stretched to almost six weeks, could badly use that one elusive victory to break this exasperating string. But Carlyle says it's about much more than just one win.
“Winning alleviates and makes everybody feel a little bit better,” he said. “One win is not going to be enough. We don’t look at it as one win and it’s all over. We have a mountain to climb here. It doesn’t start until you build a foundation. What we’re trying to do is build a foundation that our hockey club is going to play to a higher level than it has and more consistent. That's what we're asking.”