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


67 Responses to Could the LEafs target Ryan Getzlaf?

  1. tml54321 says:

    use the richards trade as a sort of benchmark: simmonds, schenn, and a 2nd.  We got probably get it done with kuli, colbourne, a 1st and a throw in a guy like bozak.  Or if you dont want to give up a 1st: kuli, grabo, franson, 2nd, colbourne

  2. lafleur10 says:

    they want equal talent!! not prospects like colbourne or players like grabovski,kulemin,bozak you don't have anybody that equals getzlaf in talent  unfortunately so you won't get him!

  3. reinjosh says:

    Why not keep three top 6 centers? 

  4. mapleleafsfan says:

    I don't fully agree with this… It can't be an equal talent swap. Why? Because there aren't any centers good enough that would actually be traded. Save Staal maybe, but neither team is improving if they make that trade. They also won't trade Getz straight up for a similar talent winger because they already have 2 and now they'd have a big hole at center. I think Murray said he wants players that can play now, not players to directly replace whoever is traded. So you're right, not for picks/prosects, but not for another top 5 center in the league. 

    That said, that package isn't enough, you're right. IMO, Getzlav won't get traded because it makes no sense to. He's the kind of player every team wants. It makes more sense to trade perry or ryan to grab a good second line center, maybe a new goalie and some more depth.. This team definitely doesn't need a full rebuild. 
  5. mapleleafsfan says:

    Not really similar to the Richards situation at all though. 

    Philly had too many centers, and top notch talent to fill the void. Anaheim has no center depth at all if getzlav is traded. 
    Philly needed to make cap room for a goalie.
    Philly wanted richards and carter gone which lowers their value. Murray said they're available, but that doesn't mean he wants them gone but will listen to offers. 
    Also for the proposals.. Gotta remember to a team missing the playoffs, UFAs like grabo have 0 value. Non playoff teams don't want rental players. 
  6. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Just for fun lol

    A big 3 way trade.

    To ANA:  E. Staal, R. Nash.

    To CBJ:  B. Ryan.

    To CAR: R. Getzlaf.

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM….NO….lol…Ana, is partially looking to trade getzlaf for salary reasons and you're trading him for a centre who make 3mil more per season? Not tomention they somehow also got Nash in the deal….wtf…..hot did Murray fandangle that? lol

  8. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah its true.  The Anaheim GM would never take back a player that he traded away.  That certainly did NOT happen with Beauchemin.  Oh wait …   😉

    Just buggin man. Your point is valid but a precedent HAS been set by Murray.

  9. LeafsFTW17 says:

    hahahaha you know just throw a bunch of struggling stars in a hat and see who ges who

  10. MystifoLeafs says:

    Yeah. Also because I like to be that guy Besuchemin was a FA acquisition so Murray could of wanted to keep the guy its just Burke offered more money.

  11. MystifoLeafs says:

    Well that is always a possibility I just cringe at the thought of paying Tiny Tim 4 mill plus to play third line mins. Then again once Komisareak name is off the books I could withstand it. Then again at least were not paying a guy 1.8 million per assist. (Sorry had to.)

  12. MystifoLeafs says:

    Lol I like the idea. Lets throw in a hat a star from every team and see who gets who.

  13. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    If im burke im saying heres the choices..

    Pick 1 (maybe 2):         Pick 2:              Pick1: 
    grabo                           gunnarson          kadri
    kuli                              aulie                  colborne
    connolly                        franson              
    macarthur                    holzer
    then let burke decide which pick is worth throwing in. If they want the 1st pick then i wont want to give up say grabo kuli gunnarson franson and kadri.. tho itd force me to consider doing that package by itself. If they want the first i think itd have to be a package like macarthur franson holzer colborne and a first.
  14. reinjosh says:

    Well I would be remiss if I didn't point out that Beauchemin wasn't actually traded 😛 He left through FA. And Beauchemin had to leave because of cash reasons and they figured out it was a mistake…

    So different reasons 😛 Certainly hasn't set any precedent 😛
    I kid, obviously teams have acquired players back after trading them. 
  15. thisgamewelose says:

    Rangers: Matt Duchene
    Toronto: Dubinsky,
    Avs:: Kulemin, Boyle

    I love this format.

  16. thisgamewelose says:

    Rangers: Matt Duchene
    Toronto: Dubinsky,
    Avs:: Kulemin, Boyle

    I love this format.

  17. thisgamewelose says:

    So  breaking it down to 1 top 6, 2 Bottom D, 1 prospect, and a first.  🙂

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