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Report Suggests Ducks Might Be Tempted to Trade Ryan Getzlaf

Could the Anaheim Ducks be tempted to trade Ryan Getzlaf to free up additional cap space? He’s on the final year of his current deal.

Understanding that the player has all the control when it comes to a trade out of Anaheim, hockey scribe Jimmy Murphy of Florida Hockey Now is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks might be tempted to move one of their biggest names in veteran center Ryan Getzlaf.

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Murphy notes that Ducks GM Bob Murray has been making trade calls looking to clear up room to become salary cap compliant. Considering the Ducks can place Ryan Kesler on LTIR, a trade isn’t an absolute must, but Murray can give himself a lot more room and flexibility if he can find a way to dump a contract that is eating away at his ability to make additional moves this season.

The Ducks are currently above the $81.5 million salary cap by almost a million dollars and the names Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg have popped up in trade rumors. Neither player is one the team would ideally like to move, but in the right return, perhaps there’s an option there.

Murphy wonders instead, if the Ducks would be tempted to (or prefer to) move Ryan Getzlaf in a deal. The 35-year-old center has one season remaining on an $8.25 million per season contract and there’s a decent chance he becomes a player to watch prior to the NHL Trade Deadline this season. The Ducks are not expected to be a playoff team and Getzlaf might be alright moving to a contender if he’s under the assumption the Ducks won’t extend his deal beyond this coming season.

Not An Easy Deal for the Ducks

There are a couple of issues here for Anaheim. First, as mentioned earlier, Getzlaf has a no-move clause that gives him total control over any future trade. Second, there aren’t going to be a lot of teams lining up to take on his full salary.

Murphy writes that three teams have inquired on Getzlaf’s availability, but did not going into detail about which teams and what their offers might be. It’s hard to imagine they’d take on Getzlaf — who produced only 42 points in 68 games last season. There would be need to be a sweetener or significant salary retention worked in as part of the deal.

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