With the Anaheim Ducks struggling, winger Bobby Ryan has emerged as a potential trade candidate.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan acknowledged he wouldn’t be surprised if he were dealt in a blockbuster move, but wouldn’t say more on the subject. GM Bob Murray declined to talk about the Ryan speculation, other than to suggest if he received an offer for any of his players which would improve his team, he have to take a hard, long look at it. Ryan said he’s spoken with Murray several times but received no indication he’s been shopped.
SPORTSNET.CA: Darren Millard suggested every team in the league would be interested in a high-caliber player like Ryan. The site also listed the Toronto Maple Leafs, NY Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers as six teams “that could make a serious play” for Ryan.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Rangers GM Glen Sather had contacted the Ducks about Ryan, but it’s unclear if Sather was merely doing due diligence or if talks progressed beyond the tire-kicking stage.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox examines what it might take for the Maple Leafs to land Ryan.
BOSTON GLOBE’s Kevin Paul Dupont took to Twitter to muse over what it might take for the Bruins to acquire Ryan, suggesting Nathan Horton or David Krejci as possible candidates, with Horton-for-Ryan being the easiest move for the Bruins to make.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun points out the Ducks aren’t shopping Ryan but are listening to offers. He cited a source claiming the Carolina Hurricanes had contacted the Ducks, but doubted the budget-conscious Hurricanes could afford Ryan’s salary. LeBrun believes the asking price for Ryan “would likely revolve around a young defenseman, a young forward and possibly a high draft pick — in other words, a big package involving two to three pieces.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun is the voice of reason here. I don’t doubt the Ducks are getting offers for Ryan, along with probably Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but I don’t see those two going anywhere. GM Murray will listen, but he’s also not going to do a trade just for the sake of it. He’ll want a strong return which can help his team now and in the future. I’ll have more on this later today in my Hockey News column, but I will say I don’t think the Leafs or Rangers have any real need at this time to make a blockbuster move, as both clubs are currently playing well, and a major move could adversely affect team chemistry. The Flyers are in the market for defense, not another scoring winger. The Panthers may have lots of cap space, but they’re not spending it because they’re on a tight budget. The Flames and Devils don’t have much, in my opinion, to offer up for Ryan. The Bruins have no reason to make a trade as they’ve rebounded strongly from their slow start. Even if they were, I doubt very much Murray would be interested in Horton or Krejci.