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Ryan frustrated by persistent trade rumors

Jan 19, 2012, 11:07 AM EDT

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With seven goals since the Christmas break, Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan wishes his name would stop popping up in trade speculation. (For Bobby Ryan trade speculation, click here and here!)

But seriously, he’s pretty upset.

“It’s frustrating because I think my play over the past 10 games has been good enough to where they should cease a little bit and there should be some protection there,” said Ryan, as per the Orange County Register.

“It’s the nature of the business I guess. We’re still a team that’s (12) points out of the playoffs. We didn’t have a good first half and set ourselves so far behind the eight-ball.”

You can understand Ryan’s frustration, though to be fair to all the good and respectable trade rumor-mongers, the speculation isn’t restricted to his last 10 games. There’s a bigger picture. If the Ducks want to retain the services of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for the long run, they might have to make some tough budget decisions.

Ryan would be an extremely valuable commodity on the trade market because 1) he’s a 24-year-old that’s already scored 30-plus goals three times, and 2) he’s signed until 2015 at a manageable $5.1 million cap hit.

Ryan could feasibly provide a superior return to Getzlaf or Perry, each of whom is only signed until the end of the next season. Therefore, a team would have no guarantee of keeping Getzlaf or Perry past 2012-13 if it rolled the dice on a trade. Not to mention, they’d command a far higher salary than Ryan’s being paid once their contracts expired.

Of course, there’s also good reason for the Ducks to hold on to Ryan. To repeat: 1) he’s a 24-year-old that’s already scored 30-plus goals three times, and 2) he’s signed until 2015 at a manageable $5.1 million cap hit.

And given Teemu Selanne is 41 with no guarantee he’ll keep playing past this season and Saku Koivu, 37, a pending UFA, why would Anaheim trade away an offensive talent like Ryan? Especially if he’s getting along with his new coach better than he reportedly did with his old coach.

  1. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 19, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    I hear bobby ryans getting traded to the pens

  2. murraychadwick - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    I heard to Detroit for Nyquivst and Murzak (not sure if both are spelled correctly) and Detroit’s 1st round pick in 2012. I can tell you that both Nyquivst and Murzak are you and skilled players. We’ll see I guess.

    • murraychadwick - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      I meant, young and skilled.

  3. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    that will be deadly if the wings get him.. I hope they don’t

  4. danphipps01 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    You know, the strange thing is, he’s still on track for 30-31 goals this season. Even in spite of how spectacularly awful the Ducks have been at everything, he’s still on track to make it four in a row. He’d command a big return in any trade. On the flip side, the reason he would is because he’s fantastic, and no GM worth his salary trades a fantastic player unless he absolutely must. And that isn’t the case here. The only case that could be made is for a playoff acquisition, traded at the deadline to a contender with cap space. That would drive up the return. But still, does anyone really see Anaheim getting their money’s worth out of trading the guy?

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