TSN’s Frank Seravalli shed some light on the speculation that veteran center Ryan Getzlaf might be a player to put on the trade bait board this season. For those that love deals and think Getzlaf might be on the move, don’t get your hopes up says the NHL insider.
While updating the TSN panel on the status on the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent, Seravalli notes that the Anaheim Ducks aren’t in a rush to move Getzlaf. Despite the fact he could sign elsewhere this summer and the Ducks could lose him for nothing, they like how he’s meshed with the younger talent on the team and been a leader in the Ducks locker room. As such, there’s no plan to ask him to waive his full NMC to facilitate a trade prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.
Seravalli notes the Ducks would consider a trade if Getzlaf asked for one, but it would take him coming to the team and letting them know he’d be open to a deal or would like to be moved to a contender if possible.
Another Name Off the Trade Bait Board
This came after news that Taylor Hall and the Buffalo Sabres were still fully on board with signing an extension on March 12th and keeping Hall with the Sabres long-term.
The Getzlaf news now potentially removes two big names off the trade board. Typically, pending free agents get the most discussion as the deadline creeps closer. This year, it seems to be that some of the bigger names are more likely to stay put than move.
In Getzlaf’s case, Anaheim is the only team he’s ever played for and as a 35-year-old, there’s a very strong chance he’d like to retire with the team that drafted him and helped him maintain an over 15-year NHL career.
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