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Ducks still have 'The best athlete in the world'

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08:17 AM ET 01.14 | How much more hockey does the fit and youthful 42-year-old Teemu Selanne have in him? "It is amazing at how good a shape he's in and he doesn't get winded," [Bruce Boudreau said following a two-hour practice]. "You watch him, he's never bent over on his stick. His face might look drawn sometimes. But he's a pretty remarkable specimen. And I said this last year and I fully believe that for his age, he's the best athlete in the world." It sounds like an outlandish claim. But there's a reasoning behind his statement. ... "There's older players playing in other sports but they might be a kicker in football. They might be a pitcher in baseball or a relief pitcher, especially a one-out guy."

The Orange County Register

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January 14, 2013  08:54 AM ET

yay...the selanne picture!
Hockey is indeed back!!!

January 14, 2013  08:59 AM ET

It was only a matter a time before we got our first Delanne thread. And the fittest old-man in the world, no-less.

January 14, 2013  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A gift for all!

Irreplaceable! The picture I mean...

January 14, 2013  09:13 AM ET

OK. Now I believe it. Lockout's over. :-)

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January 14, 2013  09:21 AM ET

This pic = Hockey is INDEED back!!!

January 14, 2013  09:38 AM ET

The best athlete in the world, they say? Hmmm! Whatever happened to, "A picture is worth a thousand words?"

January 14, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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This pic = Hockey is INDEED back!!!

What will we do when he does retire and the pic no longer is necessary?

January 14, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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What will we do when he does retire and the pic no longer is necessary?

Scott Gomez comeback stories will fix that.

January 14, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Thanks FN.....you like me.....you really like me!

January 14, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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What will we do when he does retire and the pic no longer is necessary?

first of all, he is from that Nordic part of the world where retirement decisions seem to take a LOOOOONG time

January 14, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A gift for all!

Only if you don't hold your nose.

January 14, 2013  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Scott Gomez comeback stories will fix that.

Sooooo, we will be stuck with the "Wha?" expression pic of Gomez from the previous thread?

January 14, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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first of all, he is from that Nordic part of the world where retirement decisions seem to take a LOOOOONG time

That is true. The interns can alternate between Selanne and Forsberg will he or won't he unretire.

January 14, 2013  11:42 AM ET
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That is true. The interns can alternate between Selanne and Forsberg will he or won't he unretire.

Selanne and Forsberg can start a seniors league (a la Senior PGA tour)

January 14, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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Selanne and Forsberg can start a seniors league (a la Senior PGA tour)

with the formerly perrenial retiree Mats Sundin?

January 14, 2013  12:05 PM ET

Wings asked Lidstrom for one more year he said "Nej tack".

January 14, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Prediction: Selanne is gonna net 25 this season.

 
January 14, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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Prediction: Selanne is gonna net 25 this season.

goals? LOL.

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