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Columnist: Ducks should trade Ryan Getzlaf

Jan 4, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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While the Ducks’ struggles continue even with Bruce Boudreau behind the bench, one Anaheim columnist thinks he has the solution to help fix their problems:

Trade Ryan Getzlaf.

Orange County Register columnist Jeff Francis believes that by trading Getzlaf, the Ducks can get the equally big return and change of chemistry that they need to get things turned around.

“For Getzlaf, a trade might be the best thing right now. Boudreau recently tried separating him from longtime linemate Corey Perry. The coach also changed his top power play unit by removing Getzlaf. The changes yielded nothing.”

Getzlaf has been brutal this year. His points are way down, the chemistry he’s had with Corey Perry has been completely missing and the Ducks have remained miserable in the face of a coaching change this year. There are a lot of problems in Anaheim, but Getzlaf’s unimpressive play as the captain of the team is disturbingly noticeable.

The other side of this, of course, is that the Ducks may not consider making such a drastic move. The organization’s issues lie in the lack of depth they have all over the ice. Outside of their top six, the forwards are unimpressive. Their defense is a mish-mash of hopeful youth and veterans who are questionably good.

The one thing trading Getzlaf could do is help improve their depth by adding more players who are better fits in the NHL. The downside here is, getting rid of a superstar-quality player for depth means getting rid of a huge talent and that kind of risk is one Ducks GM Bob Murray may not want to make.

  1. govtminion - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    I’d say it’s too late for a push at the playoffs realistically, so why not? See if you can get some good draft picks, trade him to an Eastern team, and start rebuilding for next year with Perry, Ryan, and whomever else they retain.

  2. billyhoyle4real - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Buffalo needs to see what it will take to make the move, Derek Roy needs to go…

  3. davebabychreturns - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    So the Ducks top center after making this trade is going to be… Saku Koivu? Then who are they going to sign in the offseason, Brad Boyes? Daymond Langkow?

    Anaheim doesn’t have poorer depth at any position other than center, trading their best player at that position (and only player who is a long term piece of the puzzle) would signal a major rebuild; at that point they might as well move Perry, Beauchemin, Visnovsky and anyone else they can get value for.

    If this team wants to be competitive in the next two seasons they had probably best stick to plans to deal Ryan, maybe Lubomir Visnovsky too if they want to make big changes.. heck I would deal Corey Perry and try to capitalize on his value as the reigning MVP rather than trading Getzlaf.

  4. finfan88shark - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I would trade you Joe Thornton for Getzlaf straight up, and if you add in a bag of pucks I would include Torrey Mitchell in the deal.

    But no worries Anaheim Fans, because Doug Wilson loves soft players like Thornton and Marleau. And besides Getzlaf is not injured, has no injury history and actually plays a physical game all things that the Sharks don’t like.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    And who would trade at fair value for him given his appalling production and Anaheim’s desperate bargaining position? That’s the problem with a team in the hole as deep as Anaheim is – if big trades happen, they’re desperation moves and the other GMs can try and often succeed in fleecing them, getting a big-name player who may well rebound to top form for way less than he’s worth. That goes double when said player is having a terrible season, further driving down his value. Guy makes over five mil and his play so far wouldn’t net four. Anaheim wouldn’t get anywhere near as much out of this as whoever got Getzlaf.

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