I hate to say it, but I *might* have come around on the idea that Getzlaf ought to be traded. At the very least I’d like to see his “C” taken away and given to someone more deserving. Koivu would probably be my first choice in the hopes that he sticks it out here in Anaheim for a while longer, or just give it to Selanne to ride out his last year. I’d also like to see what it’d be like to have Koivu centering on the top line.
I don’t know what has happened to this team, but it certainly doesn’t look like Getzlaf is coming through on his duties. Between his hissy fits and sulking around the rink I’m not convinced of his leadership abilities. Maybe he’s wonderful in the locker room or something, but when he’s out there on the ice he just can’t seem to keep it together, and he certainly can’t get the team together.
The Ducks lack confidence and drive and the spirit that they can overcome and win. It’s a tough job to have the responsibilities of keeping those things in order on ones shoulders, but that’s what being a Captain is all about. He’s a leader on and off the ice, he’s someone who can motivate and push his team.
There was a time when Getzlaf was able to do these things. But as cliche as it sounds, it’s the real tests of adversity that allow one’s true colors to shine. And while Getzlaf might be good to go when all is rolling along fine, adjusting to the hiccups, it really seems as if he doesn’t know how to make pull that inspiration from his team when the going gets ugly.
I might not be all for getting rid of the guy. He’s currently one of our top players (which unfortunately isn’t saying much), and we know that the potential is there (though if I were Bob Murray I might float his name out there just to see what deals might pop up… ya know… just in case), but it’s time, in my mind at least, to give someone else a shot at taking on the responsibilities of being an NHL Captain.