That immediately spun various rumors surrounding the futures of Getzlaf, Ryan and the reigning NHL MVP Corey Perry in Orange County.
However, it should be noted that Murray is not actively shopping Getzlaf, Perry, Ryan and stud defenseman Cam Fowler. He is willing to entertain calls and offers for them, but he's not presently pitching any of those four players to other teams, a source close to the situation told TFP.
The same source indicated that dealing Getzlaf or Ryan, for example, will be difficult to do "this season, but it's not an impossibility."
Many believe a trade of that magnitude, specifically a blockbuster involving Getzlaf, won't occur until closer to the June 22 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, if it happens at all.
"I want to be part of it more than anything," Getzlaf told the Orange County Register. "In junior, I played for the same team my whole career and I kind of imagined the same things when I came here and still do.
"I don't want to put Murph in a situation where he has to do something like that. Unfortunately, he had to fire Randy (Carlyle) and I think that we need to start rewarding him for that."
Getzlaf, 26, has one-year left on his contract beyond this season at a cap hit of $5.325 million.
Ryan, 24, also wants to stay. He has three-years left on his beyond after this season at a cap hit of $5.1 million.
When Murray said "whether we have to change a few core players, so be it," might have also referred to the blueline and goaltender of his team.
Netminder Jonas Hiller could be on the shopping block, while defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky, Francois Beauchemin and Toni Lydman are expected to be dealt by the Feb. 27 deadline.
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