In his new book Teemu, Selanne criticized Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau for not giving him more playing time. He also called out Getzlaf for not using his status as captain to convince Boudreau to play him more.
Getzlaf took exception to Selanne's allegations.
“I was pissed off, to tell you the truth,” Getzlaf told The Jim Rome Show. “It wasn’t great. I thought it was kind of unnecessary for him to come out and say something like that.”
Getzlaf said just because Selanne didn’t see something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
“Teemu doesn’t know everything that goes on. He doesn’t know how many times I had conversations about him in the last two years, to help him, to try and get him to where he wanted to be,” said Getzlaf.
Selanne, who retired after last season, played the final eight years of his 21 year career with the Ducks. Anaheim lost in the second round of the playoffs last season to the Los Angeles Kings. In his book, Selanne said he and Getzlaf should have played together more.
”I’m surprised that [Ryan] Getzlaf didn’t react in any way to that situation," he wrote. "I told him several times that he’s the captain, he should take care of the situation. When we played together on the power play, we’ve been top-three [in the league]."
Selanne averaged 12 minutes and 17 seconds of ice time during the playoffs and had two goals and four assists in 12 games.
The Ducks will retire Selanne's No. 8 jersey on Jan. 11.
- Paul Palladino