Dave Nonis: PLEASE GET US A #1 CENTER
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02-07-2013, 05:57 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
The love for Getzlaff on this board fascinates me, especially the talk about giving him a max contract.
Last year in 82 games he had 11 goals (11! Half as many as Grabovski, who has the worst contract in history according to some) and 57 points. He hasn't had a 20 goal season since 2008/09 (he had some injuries in two of those seasons, playing just 66 and 67 games).
He is definitely a high risk player. The Leafs either have to give up significant assets to get him in a trade, or significant cap space to sign him as a free agent.
I can just imagine some of the comments and threads on this board if he has an 11 goal season if a Leafs uniform with a massive, maximum value contract.
With all that said, if he becomes a free agent they have to do everything they can to sign him.
To me, he's the very much a - YEAH! but... - player. They absolutely have to try and get him if he's available, but, he could be a diminishing asset - even at a young age.
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