Could the LEafs target Ryan Getzlaf?

But before, not after, the Ducks loss to San Jose on Wednesday night, a frustrated Murray appeared to make it clear in an interview with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that not only Ryan, but also Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry and centre Ryan Getzlaf are all now available to the highest bidder.

And it’s Getzlaf, you have to believe, that would be a target for Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke.
But before, not after, the Ducks loss to San Jose on Wednesday night, a frustrated Murray appeared to make it clear in an interview with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that not only Ryan, but also Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry and centre Ryan Getzlaf are all now available to the highest bidder.

And it’s Getzlaf, you have to believe, that would be a target for Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke.

While slumping badly this season, the 26-year-old Getzlaf is precisely the big, tough centre that Burke has coveted but been unable to land since taking over in Toronto. Burke knows the player well from Anaheim’s 2007 Stanley Cup championship, the timing now would fit the Leaf GM’s preference of making big deals well in advance of the winter trade deadline and Getzlaf would certainly also fit the pattern of players who appeared to run out of steam in other cities coming to Toronto and finding the atmosphere reinvigorating.

It worked for Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul, all of whom may be in the NHL all-star game later this month. Could it work for Getzlaf? What would be the price?

But is the Anaheim captain really available? Early rumblings this morning suggest Getzlaf isn’t the player Murray wants to move, and that Ryan is again the likeliest candidate for a trade. That would kill the notion of a trade to Toronto, as the Leafs don’t see a fit with Ryan either positionally or in terms of cap strategy.

That said, Murray told the L.A. Times on Wednesday night that with his team locked into 29th place, only veterans Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu are untouchable.

“And the rest of the players in that locker room, I thought they’d figure out when we changed coaches that time was running, the clock was running quickly here. And I don’t care who you talked about,” Murray told the L.A. Times.

http://thestar.blogs.com/thespin/2012/01/ducks-could-be-set-to-move-getzlaf.html


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