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Report: Rangers interested in Ryan, contact Anaheim

Nov 29, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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Venerable New York Post scribe Larry Brooks reports the Rangers have had preliminary talks with Anaheim about acquiring Bobby Ryan. Brooks notes that the level of interest and ability to make a deal remain unclear, and that it “could be proverbial tire-kicking, could be more.”

That Ryan interests New York isn’t surprising. The Rangers are off to a great start (12-5-3) thanks largely to what head coach John Tortorella calls “a straight-ahead hockey club, a no-nonsense, every-day-I’m-coming-at-you hockey club.” This workmanlike approach has served New York well, but it could use an injection of skill, talent and natural goalscoring ability — all qualities Ryan brings to the table.

New York also has moveable assets, which makes talks all the more intriguing. GM Glen Sather has only three no-movement/no-trade clauses (Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Sean Avery) and a stable of young defensive prospects not named Ryan McDonagh — who Brooks listed as “off-limits” (along with center Derek Stepan).

  1. govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    A high-priced player not living up to his contract? Of COURSE New York is on the phone about it!

    • davebabychreturns - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Generally players that are living up to their contracts don’t become available at all.

      • govtminion - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Hard to argue with that logic…

  2. paulsdamnblog - Nov 29, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    A change of scenery could do Ryan good. He’s from the Philly area, so playing closer to home may give him the jump he needs. Plus NY would be a good fit in terms of what they could offer, my only question is can they make it work money wise? They may have to dump some salary in order to do a deal for Ryan.

    • spence139 - Nov 29, 2011 at 4:10 PM

      A change of scenery might do Dubinsky some good too. I say start a deal with Dubi and Zucc and see where that leads.

  3. stakex - Nov 29, 2011 at 10:03 PM

    Its hard to see how the Ragners could take on another $5 million in salary. They probably have the assets to make Anaheim a really good offer, but its unlikely they would be willing to part with anyone that would clear enough cap space. Its possible that maybe they would trade Dubinsky due to his current slump, but I don’t see thats a very likely.

    It would be nice to see the Rangers pick up another solid scorer, but I just don’t see this happening.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:51 AM

      Yeah, I’m with you on this one. It’s unfortunate – he’d be fucking fantastic on the Richards top line – but the ways the Rangers have of making this deal financially possible all involve giving up things they wouldn’t want to lose. It’s not like Anaheim’s selling one of the top up-and-coming power forwards in the NHL cheaply.

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