I misinterpreted what you meant by "they", sorry. It's not really clear because you were talking about A player (Ryan) then used the term "they", I assumed the plural meant team I think Getzlaf has actually been working hard most of the year but just not playing well for whatever reason (I ascribe to the screaming baby no sleep theory myself, especially after the comments BB made last week). Can't be too mad when the results finally match the effort. Ryan I agree is too invisible this year. Streaky vs unmotivated vs intentional tank to get away from RC, I have no idea.
And if you actually look at the schedule after the trade deadline, they won the good match ups, lost the bad ones, and lost a couple due to officiating and hot goalies. They never went on a prolonged streak, they lost a couple then went to 0.500 hockey.
Edit - just saw the other posts, wasn't trying to pile on, I just type slowly. Ask sojourn