Time for Ducks to trade Getzlaf

The Ducks finally completed a trade Tuesday, though the acquisition of someone from the Toronto Marlies is unlikely to save this season.

Perhaps Luca Caputi one day will have an impact here, but, until then, we’re still stuck with this.

So now, General Manager Bob Murray needs to make a real deal, a genuinely impactful one, a move that signals the start of reloading for next season because, let’s all admit it, this season is a goner.

He needs to trade … Ryan Getzlaf.

That’s right. The team captain. The Olympic gold medalist. The former All-Star Game starter.

If there’s a deal out there that improves the Ducks significantly in one way, the damage done the other way by the loss of Getzlaf is worth it.

For whatever reason, this just isn’t working. It isn’t working for the Ducks, and it certainly isn’t working for Getzlaf.

The way this situation has stagnated – and, after much thought, that’s the ideal word for it, stagnated – could not have been predicted. Then again, no one would have picked the Ducks to be 29th in a 30-team league on New Year’s Day.

Entering what appeared to be a potential breakout season, Getzlaf instead mostly has been just broken. He has only six goals and 25 points playing an average of 22 minutes, 10 seconds, tops among Ducks forwards.

At this pace, Getzlaf will finish with 55 points. That would be his lowest total since he was a rookie in 2005-06, when he appeared in only 57 games. He is a skilled player who has simply lost his way.

Trades, particularly ones involving parts as large as Getzlaf, are always easier to talk about than they are to complete. There’s another thing to remember about trades, too. They always require a partner, a partner willing to make a compatible offer.


5 Responses to Time for Ducks to trade Getzlaf

  1. dumbassdoorman says:

    As much as I wanna see a player like getzlaf in a Leaf uniform, it would be a mistake for the Ducks to trade him. As a struggling team they will not get full value for him, IMO.

  2. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Can't we just get Nail Yakupov?

    California dreamin.

  3. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    It makes sense trading him tho.. if they trade getzlaf.. they wont do much better and will finish in the top 3. this years draft is solid and a top 3 pick can get you a franchise center to replace getzlaf. Use getzlaf to get a solid d-man.. maybe 2, a supporting forward, a good prospect and a pick (low or high depending on the prospect) and then your pick in this years draft could very well play next year and i honestly think could put up around 60 points. Anaheim has ryan, getzlaf, perry right now that all play a power forward style game.. they need a pure goal scorer. They have the grit but i think every team needs one player that can dangle and snipe at any point when he has the puck. I think trading getzlaf would set anaheim up for competing hard for a playoff spot and do well next year.

    next year: (using leafs as an example trade partner)
    ryan – grigorenko – perry
    kulimen- koivu – selanne
    hagman- cogliano- kadri
    smith-pelly- pelly- parros
    visnovski – lydman
    gunnarson- beauchimen
    fowler- sbisa
    Id look for a better number 2 centre and thats assuming selanne comes back another year but that sets anaheim to be competitive for a long time and have a lot of cap room to make a splash in the free agency for a number 2 centre and have grigorenko,kadri (or other prospect), and smith-pelly in the farm system.. scary.
  4. dumbassdoorman says:

    I do understand what you are saying, but sometimes a trade triggers a team to play better. If that happens the pick gets worse and if Getz plays well for his new team in turn that pick decreases as well. It could go both ways, not too mention many high picks bust, just a fact.

  5. lafleur10 says:

    no you can't! lol because we are getting him! lol.

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