Could the Ducks trade Selanne at the Deadline?

With each passing day it’s becoming pretty obvious the Anaheim Ducks won’t be a playoff team this season.

Not exactly the way Teemu Selanne had envisioned ending his career, if this is in fact the last season for the 41-year-old winger.

Which brings us to a question a lot of people are beginning to ask: Could Selanne find himself on a contender come the Feb. 27 trade deadline?

“No, he’s retiring a Duck and that’s the way it’s going to be,” Ducks GM Bob Murray told on Tuesday. “But the way he’s playing, why should he retire?”

Murray, meanwhile, took winger Bobby Ryan off the trade market earlier this month when he instead fired head coach Randy Carlyle in the hope that a shake-up would turn around Anaheim’s season.

The turnaround hasn’t happened. My guess is that if the Ducks are still near the basement come February, Murray will begin to listen on offers for Ryan again.