Anaheim Ducks: Possible Replacements for Saku Koivu

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Anaheim Ducks: Possible Replacements for Saku Koivu
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Since joining the Anaheim Ducks in 2009, Saku Koivu has become the first viable second line center behind Ryan Getzlaf since Andy McDonald. Koivu was a particularly good fit alongside Teemu Selanne, because of their experience together during the Olympics.

Throughout his career, Koivu has been a reliable 50-point player and has continued to be a steady offensive option for the Ducks. However, at 38 years old and in the final year of his contract, Koivu is looking at either retirement or a significantly reduced role in Anaheim's offense.

If the Ducks were to re-sign him, it would be for a reduced role on the third or fourth line, where he would likely be without the help of Selanne, who is expected to retire in the near future.

With the absence of Koivu on the second line, Anaheim finds itself once again in need of secondary scoring behind its powerful top three.

Considering their current roster and the 2013 NHL free-agent pool, the Ducks have a handful of workable replacements for Koivu should his tenure as their go-to second line centerman come to an end.

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