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
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.