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To Toronto: Ryan Getzlaf
To Anaheim: Mikhail Grabovski, Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur and Cody Franson
The Toronto Maple Leafs are in dire need of a true No. 1 center. Even though the Leafs are going to try James van Riemsdyk as the first-line center, the Leafs would be in a much better position when it comes to putting together lines.
Enter Ryan Getzlaf.
As one of the premier targets that usually gets brought up in trade speculation, Getzlaf would be a perfect fit between Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. As Brian Burke used to be the general manager in Anaheim, there is a prior relationship that has resulted in many deals between the two teams.
A deal for Getzlaf would be the biggest deal between the two, however.
With both Getzlaf and Corey Perry set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, Anaheim might be in the position to choose which one it will retain. While Getzlaf is no slouch, it’s a fair guess that Perry will be kept.
If the Leafs were to put together a nice package, the deal could definitely get done. Also, if anyone thinks that the deal above is too little to acquire Getzlaf, just think of what the Columbus Blue Jackets got for Rick Nash.