Something needs to be done in Anaheim as the Ducks have struggled for years to be a top contender and to clinch a spot in the postseason. Talks of an imminent rebuilding process have grown louder, so much so that it prompted team insider James O’Brien of NBC Sports to wonder if team captain Ryan Getzlaf could become a valuable trade chip if the 35-year-old center is willing to waive his no-movement clause to join a contender.
The Ducks might not want to part ways with the veteran forward, and will attempt to get some interesting pieces. If David Backes ($4.5 million) ends up on LTIR it would provide the Ducks with more salary-cap wiggle room…
But does Getzlaf want any part of this? The veteran player might be looking to get his hands on a Stanley Cup once more before hanging up the skates and could accept a trade to a contender in the upcoming season. He is now in the final season of his contract with an $8.25 million cap hit but earning only $3 million in actual salary.
Earlier this offseason, it had been reported by reporter Jimmy Murphy, well known in Boston, that “three teams have looked into” Getzlaf’s availability. Are we supposed to assume that the Bruins are one of them?
We have to be honest in saying that Getzlaf is not the player he once was, but he has back bounce season and the Ducks continue to wallow in the NHL’s basement, there’s a possibility that he could become a hot trade deadline commodity. He’s a proven winner who can run the powerplay as good as anyone in the NHL. He can add some grit, experience and offensive flair to any team. I wouldn’t be surprised if Getzlaf’s name is in trade rumour headlines all season long.
And maybe it won’t be a rumour after all and a move will get done!