Friday, February 8, 2013

2013 NHL Free Agents - Ryan Getzlaf

Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2013 NHL season.  According to capgeek.com he is at the tail end of a 5 year deal paying him $26.635 in total.  He has been one of the most consistent Ducks offensively, since cracking their lineup in 2005-06.  His NHL statistics courtesy of hockey-reference.com:
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP S S% ATOI
2005-06 20 MDA 57 14 25 39 6 22 10 116 12.1 12:35
2006-07 21 ANA 82 25 33 58 17 66 11 203 12.3 15:04
2007-08 22 ANA 77 24 58 82 32 94 4 185 13.0 19:39
2008-09 23 ANA 81 25 66 91 5 121 9 227 11.0 20:08
2009-10 24 ANA 66 19 50 69 4 79 8 149 12.8 21:40
2010-11 25 ANA 67 19 57 76 14 35 7 117 16.2 21:51
2011-12 26 ANA 82 11 46 57 -11 75 4 185 5.9 21:36
2012-13 27 ANA 9 3 6 9 4 6 0 24 12.5 21:02
Career 521 140 341 481 71 498 53 1206 11.6 19:06
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/8/2013.
Corey Perry will also be a free agent after this season, and should be a priority for Anaheim to sign.  The Ducks will have a few other free agents, but they should have the room to sign both Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, their two main offensive contributors.

There will need to be an analysis of what kind of contract Getzlaf will ask for, and what the Ducks can afford to pay him, however, Ducks' GM Bob Murray has stated that it is "imperative" that the team sign both Getzlaf and Perry.

Outlook
The Ducks have several free agent situations to address.  Expect that Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf will both be handled as priority signings for Anaheim.   And expect them both to be playing home game in sunny California for a while longer.


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