Partway through trade deadline day, reports of interest from the Vegas Golden Knights in Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf surfaced. It wasn’t clear at all how the Golden Knights would fit the veteran forward into their cap situation, given as he carries an $8.25MM hit this season, but as a pending unrestricted free agent on a team unlikely to make the playoffs, it did make sense for Getzlaf to potentially join a contender for a stretch run. When it didn’t happen, reports, including one from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, emerged that Getzlaf would have been willing to go to Vegas had a deal been worked out.
Yesterday, Ducks GM Bob Murray confirmed the reports, essentially saying that Getzlaf was willing to waive his no-move clause in order to help the organization should Murray be offered a substantial return. Today, Helene Elliotte of the LA Times spoke to Getzlaf who said the same but noted that he never actually had to make a decision on whether to waive the clause, suggesting that a trade was never all that close.