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Today’s insane Bobby Ryan trade rumor involves… Ryan Miller

Nov 30, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

Ryan Miller,  Bobby Ryan AP

With the talk of Bobby Ryan being apparently shopped around by the Ducks, it only makes sense that we’ll get some wild ideas. Yesterday it was the New York Rangers kicking the tires and today’s hot rumor involves the Buffalo Sabres.

Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News drops a little bit of curious knowledge on us saying that while Ducks GM Bob Murray was in Buffalo the other night scouting the Sabres, Murray has also called the Sabres about a possible Ryan Miller for Bobby Ryan swap. Hey, if you’re going to make a trade, you might as well go big.

While it’s just idle speculation for now, this rumor plays into what the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson mentioned about Miller being OK with being moved. Matheson said that Miller would be all right with going to the west coast because that’s where his wife is trying to also advance her career in southern California.

Of course, Miller’s already shot down the notion that he’d want to be traded, but if there was anything to these rumors, it’d make for a fascinating discussion. After all, Ryan says he wouldn’t be surprised if he’s sent packing. There’s also the fact that Jonas Hiller is already being paid a ton of money to play goal in Anaheim already.

There’s a ton of salary that would be moving around as well and Miller has a bigger contract than Ryan. For the budget-conscience Ducks that’d make for a harder sell. In all likelihood there’s not much going on here other than GMs talking with each other, but the fantasy GM in all of us can’t get enough of the talk.

  1. paulsdamnblog - Nov 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Crazystupidbaddumb idea. To make it work money wise and worthwhile for both teams. The Ducks send Hiller and Ryan and a 2nd round pick to the Sabres, in exchange for Miller and Jochen Hecht. Here’s why it works, the money is comparable if you view each teams cap situation, their contracts basically cancel each other out for the rest of this season. Hechts contract is up at the end of the year and becomes a UFA, freeing up Anaheim 3.5 million in cap space, for them to help rebuild with. They need a lot in Anaheim anyway and Miller can steal games for them while they rebuild. Buffalo ends up with a big power forward type who can light the lamp, and is only 24 years old. They also get a playoff tested goalie. Anyway crazystudipbaddumb idea. Whadda ya think?

    • taytay099 - Nov 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM

      Why would the Ducks give up a 2nd rounder? Shouldn’t the Sabres be the ones giving draft picks for Ryan? I think Ryan has more value than Miller. Miller’s getting older and is often injured while Ryan is a young power forward and a proven 1st liner. I think the only way the Ducks trade Ryan is for a high price.

  2. projuice7 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    I don’t get why the Ducks would do a straight up swap if they already are invested in Hiller. But for Buffalo, adding Bobby Ryan would make their offense lethal.

  3. odj810 - Nov 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    what about a david kreci for bobby ryan deal

    • danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:23 AM

      Why? Did Boston lose Milan Lucic on their last road trip somewhere? And Patrice Bergeron? And, like, half their other forwards? Because I’m pretty sure power forwards are not a thing Boston’s lacking. Besides, Krejci’s a quality centreman. Ryan’s not. Krejci’s something Anaheim could surely use, but Boston wouldn’t have much room for Ryan.

  4. beerjunkie - Nov 30, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Actually “paulsdamnblog” scenario makes ALOT of sense and is quite feasible. Well said.

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