Stir Over Teslak's Future at Michigan Tech
by Adam Wodon and Avash Kalra/CHN Reporters
Michigan Tech junior goaltender Michael-Lee Teslak started a stir recently when he wrote on his Facebook page that he was set to play his last home games for the Huskies. That was before last weekend's pair against Denver, a 1-0 loss and 2-1 win.
Michigan Tech finishes the regular season at Minnesota State this weekend, then will play a first-round playoff series on the road.
Reached by e-mail, Teslak said that talk of his leaving is premature.
"I meant (last home game) for the season but with what's been going on I should have used my words more carefully," Teslak said. "I just didn't really think that Facebook would cause a huge fuss but guess that's what it did."
Teslak is a free agent, believe to be being pursued by a few NHL teams.
"Rumours and stuff are starting to get out of hand over here," Teslak said. "Things change from day to day so I have no idea what's in store for me. Right now I'm just trying to put everything aside and just worry about leading us into the Final Five. I owe that to my coach and teammates whether or not I'm back next year."
Teslak, a 22-year old from Fernie, B.C., is 6-8-4 this season with a 1.95 goals against average and .926 save percentage. He emerged as the team's No. 1 last season, but was injured for part of this season, and went back to rotating with Rob Nolan. Teslak has since started the last six games.
"Michael-Lee Teslak is a big part of our team," said Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell. "He enjoys his teammates here at Michigan Tech and is working with them to advance as far possible. As far as what he future holds, we will deal with that in the offseason as that is an offseason issue. As a team and individuals we are focused on the here and now."