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The Anaheim Ducks are coming off a 2010 campaign which saw them finish 4th in the Western Conference only to be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Nashville Predators. Though most teams would consider where the Ducks finished as a satisfactory season, the Ducks thought of it as a disappointment.
To address holes the Ducks believed they had when it came to depth players, they went out and signed centerman Mark Bell who has been out of the NHL for a few years, but has put up points in the Swiss league over the past couple of seasons. Bell is a guy who can play on the third line, but also put up points that are necessary for any NHL team to find success in the playoffs.
Besides the signing of Bell, the Ducks need to wake up and re-sign one of their own in Teemu Selanne. Selanne may be aging at the age of 41, but he put up 80 points in 2010. Clearly he can still play and make a huge difference in doing so. Sure he played alongside the likes of MVP Corey Perry in 2010, but he is a great complimentary player for the leagues top scorer.
The Ducks look poised to compete again in the Pacific Division in 2011, but if they want to be even more successful Teemu Selanne is a crucial component that they will need in their quest for glory this season.