2014 NHL Playoffs: Ray Whitney And Teemu Selanne Compete For Stanley Cup

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Two 40 year olds are getting another crack at Lord Stanley's Cup

Teemu Selanne and Ray Whitney have combined for almost 1,800 games played, over 1,000 goals, and 2,500 points. Both players have had significant impacts on the NHL. Both players seem to be winding down their careers. Selanne has already announced he will retire when the season concludes. Whitney doesn't seem to have much time left.

This very well could be the final chance for both players to compete for a Stanley Cup. Both players come into the series as complementary pieces to their respective clubs after years of being core pieces of quality teams. In 132 games played this season the 40 year olds produced 60 points. While certainly not an embarrassing total, it's definitely not what would be expected from these two in their primes.

During their careers Selanne and Whitney have eclipsed the 60 point mark 22 different times on their own. The writing is on the wall, and that's ok. It happens when players age. It doesn't take away the significant careers both players have had.

Selanne burst onto the scene with the Winnipeg Jets in 1993 when he netted 76 goals and 132 points. Despite the wonderful career Selanne has put together he has only finished in the top three for the Hart Trophy, given to the league's MVP, once. He won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie for his 76 goal outburst. He won the Masterson Trophy in 2006 and the Richard Trophy in 1998. Most of his career has been spent in Anaheim, with stints in Winnipeg, San Jose, and Colorado.

Whtney's career has been quite a bit more under the radar than The Finnish Flash. He didn't begin to establish himself as a top line player until he was 25 in the 1998 season, the same year Selanne won the Richard. Throughout his career he has had his ups and downs, but he has routinely put up more than 60 points a year while being a stabilizing locker room voice. You don't generally think of players with more than 1000 points as journeymen, but that is a fair way to characterize Whitney's career given that he has played for eight teams.

Selanne won the cup in 2007 as Anaheim trolled the world with either Chris Pronger or Scott Niedermayer on the ice for every minute of every game. Whitney won the Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006 right out of the lockout. Both players are going to wander off into retirement with winning the holy grail of hockey already crossed off of their bucket lists, but neither one would complain about adding a second.

Selanne and Whtney are past their primes, but could still make a difference in this series. They aren't going to be counted upon like they were in years past though. Yet as they wind their careers down we remember them as they were: a dynamic scorer and a dynamic playmaker who both made significant impacts in their careers.

Now they look for an exclamation mark to round things out.


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