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Sbisa ’99 percent sure’ Selanne returns this season

Anaheim Ducks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Three

DETROIT, MI - MAY 04: Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks flips a puck up off of the ice to throw to a fan during the warmups prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Red Wings during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2013 at Joe Lewis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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We’re still waiting to see what Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will do about playing this year, but one of his teammates thinks he has a bead on what the future Hall of Famer will do.

Defenseman Luca Sbisa tells Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register (paywall) he believes Selanne will be back this year.

“I’ve asked him about five times,” Sbisa said. “You want to play? You got to play. And he’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ We’ll see. But I’m 99 percent sure he’s going to play.

“I think he’s got one more year for sure. But it’s up to him.”

Selanne met with coach Bruce Boudreau yesterday in Anaheim to discuss what his role with the team would be this year. Boudreau seems to be the one guy who will influence Selanne’s decision the most as he’s said he wants to play top-six minutes.

As it is, Corey Perry tells they need Selanne back after trading Bobby Ryan to Ottawa this summer.

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