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Apparently Bobby Ryan is being shopped around

Nov 29, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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Leave it to Nick Kypreos to keep the pot stirred on the rumor mill. Last night, Sportsnet’s Darren Millard tweeted that Kypreos heard from an NHL executive that Anaheim is shopping Bobby Ryan around to see what they could get in a deal for the former first round pick.

With coach Randy Carlyle still in good graces with management, making a trade of some kind to shake things up with the miserable Ducks (losers of 16 of their last 18) would make sense. For a team that’s lacking in offensive depth, however, trading Ryan on the surface doesn’t appear to make much sense. Looking deeper, however, perhaps there’s good reason.

There’s no secret that aside from offensive depth one of the other problems the Ducks have is on defense. There’s no stud defenseman here that’s capable of playing shutdown defense and while Lubomir Visnovsky is hurt, he’s a point producer and not a stopper. You’d have to think if Ryan is being shopped around that a top flight defenseman would be their target.

How Nashville handles things with both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber all of a sudden seems a lot more interesting.

Will Ryan be traded? Impossible to say, but if Ryan is the guy that’s got Carlyle’s ire and Ducks GM Bob Murray is sticking with the coach, the Ducks should have no shortage of suitors for the 24 year-old star.

Question is, what would Anaheim want in return? A package involving a low-cost, high-potential defenseman and a prospect forward might be a good jumping off point. We’re sure that Leafs GM Brian Burke would love to get him since he’s the guy that drafted him in Anaheim years ago.

  1. treymen - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Alex Semin

    • abrienza428 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM

      Ryan has like 4 years left on his deal, and Semin is an UFA after this year. Pretty sure that wouldn’t be considered because of that, let alone Semin’s reputation.

  2. gocaps8 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    It would take more than Semin to get Bobby Ryan at this point.

    • govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:22 AM

      Semin and that 2nd round pick they got from the Avs in the Varlamov trade…?

      • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:53 AM

        Better plan – start with someone who actually tries at hockey. So, now that Semin’s out of the running…

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Why would the Ducks want Semin? They need someone to shake up their lineup and provide some juice. Is Semin that guy? Idk. Then again, he is better than Jeff Carter.

    • psujay - Nov 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      What is he better at than Jeff Carter? It’s not hockey. You sound like you listen to WIP a lot…

  4. steelwarriors55 - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Voracek,Hartnell and 2012 1st round picks

  5. ras1tafari - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    The Boston Bruins offer: Tukka Rask, Dougie Hamilton, and a first round pick in 2014

    • govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      You’re smoking something heavy if you think they’d offer up Hamilton, let alone the rest.

    • pastabelly - Nov 29, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      The Bruins aren’t going to trade their future for Ryan, especially when they have salary cap issues ahead next year. If they did that deal, you may as well include Krejci too because you wouldn’t be able to afford him either. Krejci needs to come out of his slump. Maybe this contract year has put too much pressure on him and he’s not really a number one center. As a result, his line really isn’t even the number one line right now (#1 is now Bergeron-Marchand-Seguin).

      • govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:06 AM

        Agreed, but with a caveat- I do agree that Bergeron/Marchand/Seguin has been the B’s top line rather than Krecji/Horton/Lucic, but I’m not sure if it’s that the latter has played poorly so much as the former has played out-of-their-minds hockey lately. Both Krecji and Horton haven’t looked like their usual selves though, which is concerning- but, it’s also still November- if they’re still out of sorts in March, it’s time to worry.

      • pastabelly - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM

        There was a good point on that other teams are focusing so much on shutting down Krejci/Lucic/Horton that Kelly’s line is getting to play against scrubs and benefiting with more goals. I buy that to some extent. But I have just seen Horton make bad play after bad play in the slot and Krejci just disappear. I agree that it’s not time to panic, especially with the team getting 23 of 24 points. Let someone else overpay for Ryan.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 2:01 AM

      Rask is their future starter when Thomas retires. It’s not that far off. Hamilton’s the future of their blueline once Big Z starts to slow down. That would screw the Bruins horrifically in the long term. Besides, Rask would leave as soon as his contract expires. He doesn’t want to be a career backup to Hiller, man.

  6. andyreidisfat - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Would not at all mind bring Ryan back home to the Philly area if they could fit hartnell and reed and a d man i think that would be enough and good money wise for both teams

    • paulsdamnblog - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

      As much as I’d love to see Hartnell falling down in another city, I don’t see the Flyers being able to move him. Also, before bringing in a guy like Bobby Ryan, I’d rather see them get another big d’man for the back end since Prongers out again. Shea Weber would look really good in the Orange and Black, and could be a long term solution, provided that the team resigns him at the end of the year.

      • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:56 AM

        Not that that isn’t a great idea – Weber is basically Pronger 2.0 – but what do you think Philly could possibly offer to get Weber before he signs long-term with a Preds team whose GM has said in no uncertain terms he wants both of his top D-men for the long haul?

  7. jaybaileys - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    They could probably pry Paul Martin from Pittsburgh, lol.
    Don’t laugh they did trade Kunitz and Tangradi for Ryan Whitney before!

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:58 AM

      Dear God, you could hear Ray Shero laughing all the way up here in Canada if they managed to pull that one off. That would be fucking hilarious.

  8. bcisleman - Nov 29, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Ducks would certainly want Schenn as part of the deal and Burkie has been adamant about not trading him. Florida has a wealth of blueline talent and Ryan is certainly Tallon’s kind of player. That might work.

    • govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:00 PM

      That… makes a disturbing amount of sense actually. And if anyone has the salary cap room and assets to trade, it’s the Panthers… you’re on to something here.

  9. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t like playing the online GM because it is worthless but I would like to at least hear that the Wild were interested in this situation.. I think with the several options we have with our current young defense and prospects coming up in the future, along with draft picks, they could make a competitive offer… but if the Ducks are looking for a notable big D name, the Wild would have to back out seeing as the price would be over their heads… That said, I would offer Scandella and our 1st round pick (something like that)

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      I should say Scandella + 1st round picks + prospect (original post was def. not enough) …. still won’t happen but here to dreaming

  10. drewsylvania - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Trading a guy while his value is down is never a good idea.

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