Your Friendly Tuesday Links Roundup: The Disappointing Ryan Getzlaf Edition

Can someone disappointing do this?! I can touch my skates to my head!

How does one start an argument in the comment section at Anaheim Calling? Critique a core player! (My Friday links post will explore the question 'Bobby Ryan: Hot or Not?').

But seriously, even though calling Ryan Getzlaf the 'Most Disappointing Player of the Year' is extreme, the folks at Puck Daddy do make some good points. I'm not terribly upset by Getzlaf's 11 goals (he is a playmaking center), but statistically, this is the worst season that he's had since we were called the Mighty Ducks. This is disturbing, considering that Getzlaf is in the prime of his career. Of course, a lot of his unpleasant stats are related to miserable season that we've just finished, but great players are capable of distinguishing themselves despite being on lackluster teams.

Getzlaf is a fine player, but sometimes he appears to be sleepwalking through what should be a Hall of Fame career (sometimes he's awesome, but he needs to be awesome more consistently). I don't think he should be traded, but he needs to rediscover his spark. People (read: Preds fans) love to hate Corey Perry, but he plays with his heart on his sleeve. Getzlaf is talented enough to coast, and I'd hate to see him turn into Joe Thornton.

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