Replacing a future Hall of Fame player like Teemu Selanne is virtually impossible, both in terms of his character and his offensive contribution. Even into his 40s, Selanne is putting up 60-point seasons and leading a team that includes players half his age.
Despite his agelessness, Selanne is being met with the possibility of a canceled season—a season which would have almost certainly been his last in the NHL. If he waits for the 2013-2014 season to begin, he'll be well past his 43rd birthday before the pucks ever drops.
To see Selanne return at that age after having a year off is extremely unlikely, and regardless of whether or not he plays another year, his career is without a doubt coming to a close.
This glaring reality brings the Anaheim Ducks to the seemingly hopeless task of replacing him. As of right now, Selanne is a second-line right winger and a power-play specialist, good for around 50-60 points per year. Even from a purely statistical standpoint, that's going to be hard to replicate.
Add to that the Ducks increasingly obvious lack of depth at the forward position, and you've got some major roster issues for GM Bob Murray on the fast approaching horizon.
The question now becomes: Who could take Selanne's spot moving forward? The choices are slim, but here are a few ideas.