I know there are some parallels between the two, but Getzlaf could probably be compared to dozens of other players in similar places in their careers. It depends on how much Getzlaf commits himself long-term.
Gomez is known for recent poor conditioning and lack of commitment, and over the years this is adding up along with losing confidence. It's not like he didn't have a chance. He kept his 2nd line spot without any questions until Desharnais outplayed every centermen on the team last season.
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