Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 4/2/12
Few among the Ducks are more popular than George Parros, whose work on and off the ice over the past six seasons has made him a fan favorite. But the enforcer's future with the team is cloudy now that he's become a regular healthy scratch over the last six weeks and has an expiring contract. Unlike three years ago when the Ducks talked to him and got him locked up midway through the season, the winger said there haven't been any conversations regarding a new deal. "My focus has been on the season and that's all I've been worried about at the time," Parros said. "I haven't really spoken to anybody about that." Parros was back in the lineup for the Ducks' 2-1 loss in the home finale against Edmonton on Sunday after being scratched in the previous four games and 10 times in a 12-game span. All the healthy scratches leave the imposing winger frustrated, but Parros isn't creating any kind of stir and is the first to say he hasn't been effective when he's not throwing punches. "I'm never satisfied with being a healthy scratch and I have been quite a bit," he said. "It's definitely something that I'm not going to be personally satisfied with. I want the team to win. I was hoping for us to make a push. "Obviously I was willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. If it means that I'm out, then I'm out. But I don't think anybody's satisfied with a healthy scratch." Part of his ineffectiveness stems from having to overcome two eye injuries due to freak plays in which he was struck by deflected shots during practice. One was serious enough that it caused a detached retina that kept him out for a month early in the season. Parros, who made 875,000 this season, has appeared in only 44 games after dressing in a career-high 78 last season. "Personally, this didn't go the way I thought it would," he said. "It was a tough start with my eye injuries. It put me kind of out of the groove early and I missed a lot of games. I hate missing games and I missed quite a few this year, so that definitely got the ball rolling in the wrong direction. That was disappointing. "I came back and I felt like I played some good games and some bad. It was a rough start and that's kind of where I'm at right now." The Ducks are at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday then finish out the season at the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Calgary Flames on Saturday. NOTES, QUOTES Selanne will wait until summer to make decision about returning --RW Teemu Selanne saw all the signs before the game and heard the crowd begging for one more year from the franchise icon as he scored a goal in the Ducks' home finale. But the winger held to his plan of announcing by July 1 whether he intends to play a 20th NHL season. "I really would love to give an answer," Selanne said. "But obviously I decided already a long time ago that. Emotions go high and low during the season. You've got to get the right feeling. That has been happening for me in the summertime. When it's time to start pushing and working out and getting ready for the new year, that's the time you have to be ready. That's the time you have to decide if you're ready to push yourself. It's a long hard process." --It may have also been the last home game for forwards Jason Blake, Niklas Hagman and George Parros, all of whom have expiring contracts. Bobby Ryan was part of trade proposals early in the season and Ryan Getzlaf's name began to pop up in the rumor mill. Asked if there could be significant change to the roster for next season, Getzlaf said, "I honestly have no idea. We've got some moves and stuff that'll be made this summer, I'm sure. I think in large part you'll see some of the same guys. You know what? I honestly have no idea what (Ducks GM Bob Murray's) thinking. I haven't had any discussions with him." --Mat Clark made his NHL debut for the Ducks as he played on defense while banged-up veteran Toni Lydman was given a rest. Clark, 21, logged a shade over 11 minutes of ice time and blocked two shots. "He was like Nate Guenin back there," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Didn't make many mistakes. I thought he looked a little nervous moving the puck. That was probably the biggest thing. When you come from the American League to the NHL, the biggest thing all the time is speed. Things happen a little bit quicker. They're on top of you a little quicker. You have to move the puck a little bit quicker. Those are the things that take time." --Ducks prospect Emerson Etem is among the leading scorers in the Western Hockey League playoffs with 12 points as he led the Medicine Hat Tigers to a four-game sweep of the Saskatoon Blades in the first round. Etem scored seven goals in four games, including a hat trick and the overtime winner in Game 3. The 2010 first-round pick had 61 goals to lead the WHL in what will be his final junior season. Medicine Hat plays Moose Jaw in a second-round Eastern Conference series. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'll bribe him out on the golf course a couple of times this summer. We'll see how it goes. You know how it goes. I won't know anything until you know." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, on whether RW Teemu Selanne will play another season. ROSTER REPORT PLAYER NOTES: --RW Teemu Selanne scored his 26th goal of the season, which puts him third on the Ducks. Selanne is finishing strong as he has three goals in his last four games. The tally also was the 663rd of his career, putting him one behind Philadelphia's Jaromir Jagr, while also pushing his team-high point total to 65. --D Toni Lydman was scratched Sunday because of an upper-body injury that he has been playing with for a while. Lydman did play Saturday night against Phoenix and was likely rested on the second half of a back-to-back scenario. He is day-to-day. --LW Niklas Hagman's assist on Teemu Selanne's first-period goal snapped a 10-game streak without a point, which is his longest dry spell of the season. Hagman also had a nine-game pointless streak from Jan. 22-Feb. 12.
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