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Ryan Getzlaf is coming off the worst season of his career and is also an impending UFA. Getzlaf only managed to contribute 57 points in 82 games and he is the Anaheim Ducks' biggest question mark for this upcoming season.
Getzlaf is an interesting subject because it seems that he produces better in shortened seasons as opposed to 82-game campaigns. If you look at the Ducks' captain's statistics, you will see for yourself how he has been " on" one year and turned "off" the next.
It isn't solely a numbers argument but Getzlaf hasn't played like the elite 91-point player he was in 2008-09.
A player of his caliber who could score 69 points in 67 games, shouldn't drop to 57 points in 82 games.
The questions surrounding Getzlaf are two-fold. The first question is: Will Getlzaf bounce back, remain healthy and be a solid contributor for Anaheim?
This is the case because as an impending free agent, Getzlaf could stand to make a lot of money on the open market.
Despite his down year, Getzlaf is an offensive center with tons of size. Teams interested in Getzlaf will keep a close eye on his production because they don't want to over-pay for an under-performing center.
The next question mark surrounding Getzlaf is whether or not he will remain a Duck for the entirety of the 2012-13 season. This is the case because it is quite possible that the Ducks may decide to trade him before he hits the open market this summer, as suggested by Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News.
Richardson, suggests that the Ducks could deal Getzlaf for a return that includes a young building block center, because it would be better than losing him to free agency.
So the question remains, will Ryan Getzlaf rebound this season and stay in Anaheim, or will he make a ton of money on the open market next summer?