Despite the fact that the Anaheim Ducks are clear sellers at this year’s deadline and with rumors already out there the team would be willing to help opposing franchises out with their salary cap concerns, one player isn’t going anywhere.
Speaking with Eric Stephens of The Athletic (subscription required), Ryan Getzlaf has stated that he has “no desire to try to chase a Cup somewhere else”.
Getzlaf, 34, has spent his entire career with the Ducks and been arguably their best player over that time period. 15 years in one place either gets someone attached, enough to never want to leave or after many years of struggle, forces a player to look at other options where winning a Stanley Cup is more likely. For Getzlaf, he’s already won, and it appears staying put is more important.
Getzlaf is in the second-to final year on his current deal and at a cap hit of $8.25 million per season. He has a full no-move clause so even if the Ducks wanted to move him, he has the final word. Fortunately for Getzlaf, the Ducks aren’t looking to make a deal.
Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic adds that management has no intention of moving Getzlaf. We’re not sure if teams have called considering his high price tag and Getzlaf being on the back-nine of his NHL career, but if anyone is kicking tires, the conversation probably ends before it even gets started.
So, while Getzlaf might be frustrated with the way the season has gone for the Ducks, he’s ultimately happy and not looking for a change. “I’d love to bring it back to Anaheim here before I retire. It would be awesome,” he said. Not sure how likely that is, but it’s a nice way to think.
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