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Boudreau says Selanne’s “the greatest athlete in the world for his age”


As Teemu Selanne continues to defy father time — the 42-year-old has four points through two games this season — Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau tries to put Selanne’s accomplishments in context.

On Monday, he tried again — and went big.

“I think he’s the greatest athlete in the world for his age,” Boudreau told the Calgary Herald. “I defy people to tell me what sport somebody his age is playing at the level he is playing at equated to the sport they’re in.”

Interesting theory.

Boudreau certainly argues his point well. In talking to the Herald, he pointed to other athletes at Selanne’s age in their respective sports, and what roles they’d (theoretically) be playing:

“If you see it in baseball, he’s a pitcher — he might be a relief pitcher or the knuckleball pitcher that the Jays got,” Boudreau said.

R.A. Dickey, the knuckleball pitcher, is actually a mere 38.

“In football, he would be a kicker,” Boudreau said of stars aged 40 or over. “In tennis, they can’t play that long. In soccer, I don’t know of anyone over in Europe who is that age.

The NFL does have Ray Lewis but, at age 37, he’s half a decade younger than Selanne.

The NBA has Kurt Thomas (40) and Grant Hill (40), though neither of them average more than 14 minutes per game (Selanne’s at 15:06 through two games, in case you were wondering.)

Knicks point guard Jason Kidd is averaging nearly 30 minutes a game, but he’s only 39 (though he does turn 40 in March.)

Last year, 45-year-old Omar Vizquel played in 60 games as a positional player for the Toronto Blue Jays, lining up at first base, second base, third base, left field and shortstop.

In the end, though, Boudreau says Selanne blows them all away.

“If you just look at it — and I’m not trying to brag for my player — that’s an amazing, amazing feat what he’s doing at his age, playing to the level he’s playing at,” he said.

“He’s an amazing person.”

Listless in L.A.: Canucks exploit sinking Kings

Jonathan Quick, Chris Higgins, Drew Doughty
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The Los Angeles Kings aren’t just losing through three games. They’re getting embarrassed on a nightly basis.

Vancouver didn’t really need to exert all that much effort in dropping the Kings to 0-3-0, as the Canucks cruised to a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Los Angeles has now been outscored by a troubling combined score of 12-2, losing every game by at least three goals.

It’s more than reasonable to say “it’s just three games.” Still, the Kings may rue these losses as much any other surprise 0-3-0 team, as all three of these losses have come at home.

Just look at the team at the other end of the rink. The Vancouver Canucks are already seven standings points ahead of the Kings, as they’ve gone 3-0-1 despite playing three of their first four contests on the road.

Maybe that provides a modicum of solace for the Kings … perhaps the Canucks are more competitive than expected? Amid plenty of doubts, Ryan Miller continued a strong start to his season, earning his 36th career shutout.

One way or another, Los Angeles needs to wake up.

They’ll wrap up a five game-homestand by hosting the Minnesota Wild on Friday and Colorado Avalanche on Sunday. If they’re still at a goose egg then, they might look at this opening stretch as the run that torpedoed their hopeful rebound from last season’s rough run.

Misery loves company, so at least there’s this:

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.