NHL Rumors: Golden Knights tried to get Ryan Getzlaf; and Canadiens were interested in Tony DeAngelo

The Vegas Golden Knights were trying to get Taylor Hall but unfortunately for them, he wanted to go to Boston. Having a no trade clause gives players that level of control so that’s how it goes. However, before the Knights traded for Mattias Janmark they were in talks for another veteran.

Golden Knights were trying to acquire Ryan Getzlaf

According to David Pagnotta, Vegas was trying to trade for Ryan Getzlaf. The feeling for a union was also mutual with Getzlaf ready to waive his no move clause to go there.

The asking price for Getzlaf was ultimately too high for Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon and the two sides weren’t able to finalize a deal. Complicating matters was Getzlaf’s $8.25 million salary cap hit. The Ducks would have retained half of Getzlaf’s deal, but the Knights needed a third team to help facilitate a trade and they might have needed to complete another move to make sure the dollars worked.

The Fourth Period

After the trade deadline Ducks GM Bob Murray explained what happened. “I had a specific goal in mind, and I told ‘Getzy’ this, of what I needed to get so I could go to him and say, ‘OK, this would work,’” he said per the OC Register. “We talked a lot. He’s all about the organization. I can’t get into specifics, but I had goals in mind for what I was trying to do here, and it didn’t come to fruition.”

Getzlaf will be a UFA this summer. He could stay in Anaheim but I expect the Golden Knights to try and make a pitch for him. Another team that may want to bring in a veteran leader; the Seattle Kraken.

Montreal Canadiens were ready to sign Tony DeAngelo after contract termination

Tony DeAngelo trade
DeAngelo to be traded (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

Reports surfaced late yesterday that the New York Rangers offered a mutual contract termination in order to let Tony DeAngelo become a UFA. It was also noted that the Montreal Canadiens were interested in signing DeAngelo, probably to a one year deal around $1 million to play again this season. It could’ve all went down over the weekend but it wasn’t of interest to the 25 year-old from a financial standpoint.

Sources indicate that DeAngelo’s party brought the concept of contract termination via irrevocable waivers to the Blueshirts, who of course were only too happy to comply. But the offer was contingent upon the defenseman being able to reach a contract agreement with an interested club. TSN’s Darren Dreger, who was first to report of the termination scenario, identified the Canadiens as a team that was interested in striking a deal with DeAngelo.


DeAngelo refused the offer as he stands to make much more by forcing the Rangers to buy him out this summer at 1/3 his contract. He also wrote a story on his Instagram account saying his final farewell to fans that supported him in New York over the last three years. “We all know what happens next,” the exiled defenseman said. “I am far from finished. Thank you and see you again soon.”

The New York Rangers will expose him to Seattle and then buy him out for a nominal amount. DeAngelo makes $4.5 million this season and next but would be a 1/3 buyout because of his age. That would only be a cap charge of $383,333 in 2021-22 and $833,333 in 2022-23.