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Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:55 am
Edited on: November 29, 2011 12:25 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Two nights ago, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet said he was hearing rumblings out of Washington that Bruce Boudreau would be fired in 24-48 hours. Fast forward 12 hours and the deed was done.

On Monday night, Kypreos said he was hearing rumblings out of Anaheim that the Ducks are shopping young forward Bobby Ryan. Might be time to pack your bags, Bobby.

There is no team struggling worse than the Ducks right now, and that includes the New York Islanders. They have lost seven consecutive games, 13 of 14 and 16 of their last 18 games. The word atrocious comes to mind.

From the news conference of Capitals GM George McPhee on the firing of Boudreau on Monday, there was a line he used to describe that situation which applies equally, if not more so to the Ducks.

"This wasn’t a slump," McPhee said. "You can ride out slumps."

At this point, it looks like a lot more than a slump in Anaheim too. That's why something has to be done, something big. Trading Ryan would qualify as something big.

In Ryan, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, the Ducks have about as powerful of a top four scoring set as you can name in hockey, truly. But what they don't have is a lot of depth. Or a shutdown defenseman. In order to get those holes filled, especially the defenseman part, they need a pretty big bargaining chip.

It makes Ryan even more of a target when his slow start to this season is considered. Through 23 games, the 24-year-old American has seven goals and four assists. That puts him on pace for just about 40 points and we're a quarter of the way through the season. His lowest point-total (excluding his 23-game rookie season) was 57 ... and he did that in just 64 games. In each of his three "full" seasons, Ryan has had at least 31 goals. He's already a proven scorer who would be attractive to every single team in the NHL.

For some evidence, here's a trade proposal from Nashville Predators blog Section 303, suggesting the Preds offer Colin Wilson, Ryan Ellis, Teemu Laakso and a first-round draft pick. I like the offer, it's at least much more realistic than most fan proposals that normally look like "Sean Avery and a conditional pick ... come on, why wouldn't they take that?"

One person that you can almost guarantee is salivating at the idea and has likely already put a call in to Ducks GM Bob Murray, is former Ducks GM and current Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke. He obviously knows Ryan since he drafted him, he has already worked some deals with the Ducks, snagging Joffrey Lupul, and it appears he has a strong affinity for American players.

The moral of the story? Whether the rumor that Ryan is being actively shopped is true or not, it's about time the Ducks do something to shake things up.

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Comments

Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

Sometimes is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your an idiot than open it and proof it!!!!!

Don't you mean "PROVE it"?

Oooops....




Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:32 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

"Have you watched Keith this year? Or last year? He's fallen off a cliff. He fell off a cliff, landed on his head, dug a hole and then fell into that hole."


Bwahahaha!!!! He's no Wade Redden, but this is a bit much don't you think?  



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

 If the Kings want Keith for Ryan, I'll drive Keith to Los Angeles

I'm sure the Kings would make that trade you idiot and so would pretty much every other club since you wouldn't have to give a player up because Ryan plays for the Ducks not LA.


Think Man!!!!!!

Sometimes is better to keep your mouth shut and have people think your an idiot than open it and proof it!!!!!



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

Trade Bobby Ryan for Dustin Penner? Only a Kings fan would suggest such a thing. I doubt the Ducks and Kings will be making any deals any time soon.

I just pray that our GM Bob Murray doesn't do something stupid. It's pretty obvious he is going to do something, but please, please don't screw this up! We have a lot of talent on this team, and I don't think we're that far off from being a real good club. There's no reason to blow things up.
 



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

How is the Preds giving up 2 first round draft picks... the 7th overall pick in 2008, the 11th overall pick in 2009, their first round pick next year and the 78th pick in 2005 seem realistic for 1 scorer?  Wilson already has 5 goals and 7 assists in his first year not playing on the 3rd or 4th line.  Ryan Ellis has yet to play a second in the NHL, but is expected to be called up as Jonathan Blum was last year.  Giving away another 1st round pick on top of that?  I am no GM, but I would guess, any GM that makes that trade will not be a GM for much longer.  Thats sillyness!




Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 5:39 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

hed look good in a rangers uniform!  say dubinski, zuccarello and one of their young defensemen for ryan!



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

i'll give you, a shiny new Alex Semin who coulnd't backcheck properly if his life depended on it for your Bobby Ryan.


i might even throw in one of the caps underwhelming defenders. 



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

Fellow Kings fan writing in support of your discussion, however I say the Kings should make an offer...include Penner, Drewiskie and a prospect or two to the Ducks for Ryan. Penner would be better off there as he has done absolutely nothing for the Kings since his arrival and he may be invigorated with going back to the team he played so well for. Sending Drewiskie leaves open the possibility that we can keep Loktionov and Voynov in our lineup, which is where they belong...not in Manchester. Go for it Kings! Make a move! Then we can further enjoy downward spiraling of the hated team down the freeway (Penner included). Still can't believe they won a Cup before our Kings...disgraceful...c'mon Lombardi, admit Penner was a mistake and ship him back to the Ducks so we can get the Cup this year...




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

Have you watched Keith this year? Or last year? He's fallen off a cliff. He fell off a cliff, landed on his head, dug a hole and then fell into that hole. Last Friday, for example, he was at a plus-9 before their game against the Flames. He was a plus-1 24 hours later after their game against the Oilers. He's also signed for another 38 years. If the Kings want Keith for Ryan, I'll drive Keith to Los Angeles. He is currently, I believe, a scintilating minus-1.



Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Report: Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan

King's fans can't let go the fact Anaheim has won a Cup, and they haven't--and they won't this year either with a better Chicago and San Jose. The Ducks need a top defenseman like Duncan Keith, or even Seabrook. Plus, Jonas Hiller is overrated--high goals against. They should put Koivo, Beauchimin, and Lydman in the deal too.


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