ANAHEIM – Teemu Selanne kept everyone guessing, even after the game was over.
After a huge throng of reporters and cameramen dropped anchor in front of his corner locker of the Anaheim Ducks' dressing room, Selanne emerged from the opposite entrance and did his media session at the other end, in a white dress shirt and slacks.
"I don't have any answers," Selanne said about his future after the Ducks were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series at Honda Center.
Selanne, 42, then answered questions about the disappointing loss and again addressed whether he will retire. He had 12 goals and 12 assists in 46 regular-season games for Anaheim before going 1-2-3 in seven postseason contests.
"This isn't the time where I really want to think about it too much," he said. "Obviously, it's a big decision again … I just take some time off and clear my head and think about what's the next step. I don't really have to play but this has been so much fun. I just have to decide when is the time."
Selanne has been going by a year-by-year basis for about five years. He operates on one-year contracts, and his current deal expires on July 1. He was not much of an offensive factor in the final weeks of the regular season, and it's fair to suggest he's now mostly a power-play specialist who averages about 13 minutes game.
If this was his last game, it was hard to read the signs.
Selanne looked stone-faced on the bench in the final seconds. In the handshake line, he gave a pat on the chest to Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, of all opponents, and had a respectful exchange with Detroit coach Mike Babcock.
If this was the end, it couldn't have been much more of a bigger thud than if it had occurred later in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"It's obviously very disappointing," he said. "We have two chances to close the series, but we couldn't. The goal was to try to play the best game of the series, and we couldn't do it. Obviously that's very disappointing. They played well. Give credit to those guys. But still very disappointed we couldn't play our best game tonight."
That Anaheim came out disengaged and couldn't grasp the moment was spiked by the possibility that this could be Selanne's final game.
"He's been around here for a long time," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "He's been here since Day One for me. He's a big inspiration, and hopefully this isn't his last time."